November 20, 2009

Maryland speedster excited about visiting Army

If you follow the recruiting philosophy of Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson, you would know that no matter what the position, he is looking for athleticism and versatility in the prospects that he and his staff target. In addition to the aforementioned, speed at the skill positions continues to be a critical for need for the Black Knights.

One such player on the Army radar is cornerback/receiver, Marquis Woodyard who is out of Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson High School.

Not only is Woodyard a talented ball player, he is equally as talented on the track.

He can lay claim to being the fastest 110M & 300M hurdler in the state of Maryland. The 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete won the 4A State Championship in both events, where he ran an impressive 13.96 in the 110M Hurdle, along with capturing the 300M hurdle title.

In addition to Army, Woodyard is hearing from Rhode Island, James Madison, William & Mary and Richmond, but shared with that he has been keeping an eye on Army's recruiting online, but still has some unfinished high school football business to take care of.

"I have been following Army's recruiting and I know that just picked up a linebacker, but I have really been focusing on my season," shared Woodyard.

"We are now in the 2nd round of 4A North semifinal playoffs. We were the 4th seed in the playoff and we beat the 1st seed (Urbanda High School) last week against 21-14.

Woodyard is scheduled to take his official visit to Army on January 22nd and indicated that he is looking forward to making his first trip to West Point. "It's the number one academic institution in the country and once I found that out, that really prompted me to really want to go there," declares the Maryland native. "The military side is not something that bothers me, because both my parents were in the military and I don't mind serving my country.

I'm looking forward to my visit because I don't know too much about West Point other than what I have read online when I researched it from time to time."

On the season, Woodyard finished with 9 TDs in total; 6 receiving, 2 rushing and 1 on a punt return. He compiled 622 receiving yards and on defense he had 72 tackles and 1 interception from his hybrid safety-linebacker position.

The Black Knights are recruiting Woodyard as cornerback and possibly wide receiver. will continue to follow Marquis Woodyard's recruiting process throughout the final stages of the 2009 recruiting season.

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