Al'vonte Woodard announced Saturday he will attend the University of Texas:
Al'vonte Woodard⁴ @Vonte_4
https://t.co/Uo2q2XvTVJ https://t.co/AXW1rmq6ol2017-7-15 23:01:00
The Houston native is the 12th-best receiver in the 2018 class and the 84th player overall, according to Scout.com.
Following his sophomore year at Lamar High School, Woodard took a nice step forward as a junior in 2016. His receiving numbers are below, courtesy of MaxPreps:
|Al'vonte Woodard Stats|
Woodard is a dynamic downfield threat. According to Hudl, he has clocked a 4.61-second 40-yard dash and a 4.26-second shuttle.
"Just breaking down the defense," Woodard said in an interview with Scout.com's Greg Powers when asked about his best assets. "Taking the matchups as they come, because I know as the games go along I am not going to get one-on-one matchups, just take what the defense gives me."
Last June, Rivals.com's Nick Krueger shared a clip of Woodard working out at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Houston. Woodard's speed is readily apparent:
Nick Krueger @RivalsKroogCity
Recent #Duke, #BearDown, #Utes offers for Al'Vonte Woodard (@Vonte_4) bc plays like this from HOU #SMSBTakeover | https://t.co/uzYKTZyCFl2016-6-8 09:26:31
He's also capable of being an effective pass-catcher on shorter routes. 247Sports' Joseph Hamilton shared a replay of Woodard catching a short slant and getting a few yards after the catch in a 51-7 win over Westbury High School:
Highly recruited 2018 WR Al'Vonte Woodard ( @Vonte_4 ) showing he has some soft hands and nifty footwork. #WRU https://t.co/PHDPhxLFc22016-11-4 01:12:38
Size is one of the few knocks on Woodard. At 193 pounds, he'd benefit from adding more muscle, but he should continue to get bigger as he physically matures.
In terms of skill, Woodard has everything necessary to excel in college. He touts the athleticism to elude defenders on his passing routes and when he has the ball in his hands. In addition, he's not merely a vertical option with a limited route tree. While his route-running could use some refinement, Texas' staff will have a few ways to get him involved in the offense.