On Saturday, four-star junior college defensive end Quintin Woods verbally committed to the University of Kansas. According to Rivals, the Flint, Michigan product is the 36th-best junior college player in the country this year. He is the 19th known commitment for Kansas.
Woods originally signed with the University of Michigan in 2006 but failed to qualify academically. He attended Bakersfield Community College (Bakersfield, CA), where he excelled as a pass rusher. In 2008, he posted 80 tackles, eight sacks, and 14 tackles for loss.
Woods chose KU over Kansas State, Washington State, Boise State, and UTEP. He is the fourth defensive end to commit to KU thus far.
Woods is listed at 6'6", 245 lbs. and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash. He has a 34-inch vertical leap as well. He looks to have an immediate impact on KU's defense right out of the gates.
The University of Kansas has had a poor pass rush for the last two years. Woods may be able to come in and change that around immediately. With starting defensive ends Jake Larson and Russell Brorsen graduating, the opportunity to contribute major minutes is in place.
Quintin Woods may be the only Jayhawk DE commit that will see the field next year at defensive end. Fellow commits Tyrone Sellars and Jacoby Thomas are very athletic, but both likely need a redshirt year to add the bulk necessary to compete at the collegiate level. Randall Dent already has the bulk, but there is speculation that he may move to the interior line.
Expect Woods to have an immediate impact on KU's pass rush. He has good speed off the corner that most defensive tackles will have trouble with. He has long arms and great leaping ability that will give opposing quarterbacks fits when trying to pass in his direction.
The Class of 2009 is quickly developing as one of the deepest defensive classes in the Mangino era.