One of Washington State's first commits in the class of 2016, linebacker Jahad Woods, sent in his letter of intent to the Cougars Wednesday. Woods gave his verbal commitment back in May 2015, just weeks after WSU offered him, and stayed loyal to the Cougars throughout the recruiting process. Quarterback Ian Book was originally the first commit for the 2016 class, but he decommitted over the summer, giving Woods the distinction of the longest-committed player.
Woods, a consensus three-star prospect, also had an offer from San Jose State. He's listed as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the West by Scout, and the No. 53 inside linebacker in the country by 24/7 Sports.
Woods will most likely be given a redshirt, but there is a slight possibility he could see the field in 2016 on special teams. The Cougars are losing three starting linebackers, but have a plethora of talent already on the roster to fill those spots. Woods could slide in on special teams, similar to Frankie Luvu's role back in 2014 when he was a freshman.
Brian Anderson's quick scouting report
The defensive staff's theme of recruiting speed continues with Woods. He's got both a well above average top speed and first step quickness. Woods projects well to one of the inside linebacker spots, most likely WIL, but has the physicality to play Mike. Woods had some impressive movement in his hook-to-curl zone drops and breaks to perimeter extremely quickly. Another guy that hits hard, plays his position extremely fast.
Rivals - ★★★
Scout - ★★★
24/7 Sports - ★★★
ESPN - ★★★
Composite - ★★★
Position - Linebacker
Hometown - La Mesa, Calif.
Height - 5-foot-11
Weight - 215 pounds