Craig Woodson is a 5’11”, 190 pound safety from South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. He is rated as a consensus 3-star recruit.
Woodson originally committed to UTSA back in June of 2018. However, Woodson took an official visit to Cal on December 14th. When fellow defensive back Zahran Manley decommitted from Cal on December 16th, Woodson committed to Cal on the same day before signing three days later on Early Signing Day.
On Hudl, Woodson has a self-listed 4.6 40-time, 240 lb bench press, 250 lb clean, and 355 lb squat. Basically, pretty average speed and pretty damn strong for a player of his size.
Woodson had a solid high school career as a two year varsity player. In his senior season, he had 96 tackles with 13 pass deflections, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two blocked field goals, and four touchdowns. A great student who will no doubt fit in at Berkeley, he made second team Academic All-State as a senior. He also was a track and field athlete during his time at high school.
My first reaction when I first saw him was that this guy is pretty well built. He may be a bit small in size but he carries his frame well.
As for his tape, he definitely looks like a solid player. He follows the eyes of the quarterback very well which leads to easy pass breakups and some interceptions. This is the type of trait that Gerald Alexander will love.
He also plays at a pretty high intensity level, which is something we have noticed from many of this year’s recruits. Cal’s defense loves to play with energy, and this guy gives effort on every play and loves to deliver hard hits.
Woodson looks like he will be an asset in run defense. He has no trouble charging into the backfield when playing in the box and shows pretty good tackling skills.
Like I said earlier, he follows the eyes of the quarterback very well. He should be pretty good on throws in front of him due to this as well as his tackling ability. This was apparent on tape as he swarmed receivers on all short throws.
The one major concern I have about him is deep coverage. While he looks like a pretty good zone player, I suspect that he may have trouble getting beat over the top. He is fast while moving forward but looks a bit slow when having to drop back. I am sure that Alexander and the other coaches can help him refine his deep coverage technique, but for now I see him more as a box safety, albeit one who can certainly be effective for Cal in a couple of years.
He also played running back for his high school team and mixed in some offensive highlights, but he will undoubtedly be a defensive back for Cal.
Overall, this is another solid player to add to the class. Like we have become accustomed to, Woodson isn’t anything to go crazy about. However, there is plenty to like about him and the coaches should definitely be able to turn him into a solid player for us.