As he prepared to enter high school after a successful start to his young career in the Detroit PAL, Tyrece Woods was a 210-pound linebacker. Today, he is a 255-pound defensive lineman who could play end or tackle depending on how his body and game continues to develop.
In those early high school days, Woods was ear-marked as a future top recruit. He now finds himself committed to the University of Michigan, a decision he announced on Sunday, after a recruitment which did not take off as quickly as those early projections, but has nevertheless ended with the predicted result: Woods at a Power 5 institution.
As a junior at Detroit King, Woods recorded 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks. After three seasons at King, Woods is now at Belleville for his senior year, ready to help head coach Jermain Crowell and a talented roster get to a state title game.
The ability to focus on that goal was part of the reason Woods made the decision when he did.
He can now tune out recruiting, which includes some of the fan skepticism over Michigan offering a scholarship to a recruit who does not hold a second Big Ten or Power 5 offer at this time. But Woods earned the offer in front of the staff at Michigan’s June camp. He was named positional MVP after a good day in one-on-ones and posting eye-popping testing numbers which included a 4.65 in the forty-yard dash.
“It was the coaching staff and the passion they have for the game and the passion they have for winning that I really liked,” he said. “I just felt it was home and would be for the next four to five years.”
“I’m going to start at defensive tackle,” Woods added. "I’ll be trying defensive tackle, defensive end and outside linebacker.”
The Michigan camp came following a similarly strong showing at Grand Valley State’s Best of the Midwest, where Michigan coaches were present and also saw him in action. Almost exclusively a defensive player up until this point, the plan is for Belleville to use him on offense this year as a tight end or even slot receiver and even potentially as a back-up quarterback. He has shown athleticism and pass-catching skills during 7-on-7 work this summer.
Sleeper recruits do not always work out, but there are certain traits which those who out-perform their recruiting rankings seem to have. For one, Woods is a great student who had Ivy League opportunities.
“He’s a worker,” Crowell continued. “They’re getting a worker. He brings his lunch pail to work every day. He’s a kid who loves Michigan.”
Smart, productive, hard-working, and has a passion for the school he is playing for. All those boxes are checked and that is usually a good recipe.
With Woods now in the fold, the Wolverines hold 20 verbal commitments in their 2019 class.
UM commits set to start season
High school football kicks off this week in several states and some of Michigan’s 2019 commits are about to begin their senior campaigns.
The highest ranked commit in Michigan’s class, defensive end Chris Hinton, will play Friday when his Greater Atlanta Christian takes on Lovett.
Wolverine running back commit Zach Charbonnet and his Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian will play Thursday against West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Fellow running back commit Eric Gray of Memphis (Tenn.) Lasaunne Collegiate will host Tunica (Miss.) Rosa Fort on Friday.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.