Havelock's Woods plans to play at James Madison

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Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 07:56 PM.

The recruiting process was definitely strenuous and taxing for Havelock senior running back Taylor Woods.

Coming into the season, he held offers from Old Dominion, Elon, The Citadel and Kent State. He was still waiting to see what all other offers he could earn.

After a slow start to the year, Woods cranked it up and rushed for 1,001 yards and 14 touchdowns,  helping the Rams win a third straight state championship.

Shortly afterward, new James Madison University head coach Everett Withers, former head coach at North Carolina and co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, offered Woods a scholarship and brought him up to Harrisonburg, Va., for a visit last weekend.

Thursday, Woods pulled the trigger and committed to the Dukes.

“Coach Withers is a really good coach, and my dad and I both thought that James Madison was the best situation for me,” Woods said. “My dad has been with me through it all, and not pushed me, but wanted what’s best for me. The campus at JMU is beautiful and the dorms are right next to the classrooms so the campus is easily accessible, so I like that.”

In addition to excelling on the field, Woods gets it done in the classroom at Havelock, carrying a 3.0 grade point average.

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