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Monday, February 4, 2013
Four-star ILB headed to the Big 12

By Damon Sayles

As the recruiting season comes to an end, Texas Tech has been hot in the months of January and February. On Monday, the Red Raiders picked up their third four-star athlete and 21st commit overall.

Four-star inside linebacker Kahlee Woods (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) gave Texas Tech his verbal pledge and chose the Red Raiders over North Texas. Woods additionally filled a need for the Red Raiders, as he is their first inside linebacker commitment of the 2013 class.

Woods visited Lubbock, Texas, over the weekend and was won over by the coaching staff, the players and the fans. Woods said he chose the Red Raiders for a variety of reasons.

“First, they have the major I want to pursue,” he said. “They have a pre-dentistry major, and I want to be a pediatric dentist.

“Other than that, I just loved the place. When I took a walk on that field, I got chills. I imagined all the fans out and just got chills.”

Woods said he chose Texas Tech after ultimately finding out a full scholarship was available for him. He had entertained a grayshirt offer for a while, but once the full ride was extended, he couldn’t turn it down. Woods now will take his talents -- and 280-plus tackles in the last two years -- to the Big 12.

Freshman linebacker Kris Williams was the player host for Woods, a 6-foot, 232-pound linebacker who is ranked No. 21 among players at his position nationally. He is ranked No. 61 among players in Texas, as well.

“I want to go in knowing that I will work hard. You will never have to question my work ethic,” Woods said. “I’m going to be physical, and I won’t be afraid to get across the line. Mostly, I just want to have fun.”