The early signing period arrives for the first time on Wednesday. Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of Nebraska’s 2018 class who are expected to sign early as a primer for what to expect once they arrive on campus.
Jaron Woodyard is a 3-star junior college wide receiver prospect from Arizona Western College. Despite Woodyard’s last-minute official visit to Tennessee on Friday, he still signed early with Nebraska and will enroll in January.
Woodyard was the second commitment of the Scott Frost era at Nebraska, with his commitment following an official visit to campus.
Woodyard’s commitment is also a big step for Nebraska in the junior college business. Former coach Mike Riley did not pursue or sign any JUCO players in his time with the Huskers. Frost and his staff plan to approach the junior college ranks differently, and it’s already paid off at a position of need.
Weight: 180 pounds
Hometown: Bethesda, Md. (Arizona Western College)
Ranking: 3-star prospect, No. 5 junior college player in Maryland, No. 3 junior college wide receiver in country
Committed: Dec. 10, 2017
How he fits in: Woodyard was a much-needed commitment for Nebraska after the loss of 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore. Plus, Nebraska also is expected to lose the commitment of 4-star receiver Cameron Brown. While wide receiver will have to be a position of focus for Frost and his staff before February, Woodyard’s commitment keeps things from getting too problematic.
Plus, Woodyard is a quick wide receiver who will be able to play right away at Nebraska. He’s similar to current Nebraska redshirt wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty with decent size and good speed. With quarterback Adrian Martinez on board, Frost and his staff are seeking wide receivers who can help stretch the field. Woodyard is the type of player who can do just that.
Rivals evaluation: “The wide receiver position is one of the biggest needs on Nebraska’s roster and Woodyard should be able to come in and be an instant impact player. He’s a mid-year graduate so the fact that he will be on campus for spring ball is a very big deal.
“Scott Frost wants speed, speed and more speed. Woodyard has what he’s looking for in that department. The Maryland native ran a 10.68 in the 100 meters and a 21.50 in the 200 meters in high school. He’s a home run threat nearly every time he touches the ball with that kind of speed.” — Nate Clouse, HuskersOnline.com
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