Defensive tackle Peter Woods, no. 9 prospectus in the 2023 class, committed to the Clemson Tigers

Clemson posted his biggest win so far in this year’s job cycle, fulfilling a commitment Friday night courtesy of Peter Woods.

And Woods did it for one simple reason – family.

“Knowing that I am very close to my family and my other family is away from home is a big part of who I am as a person,” he told ESPN. “And then the Clemson staff and the Clemson players and I know that no matter how successful I am in football, the staff will do whatever it takes to make me a better person at the end of the day. That’s all you can ask. ,

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle at Thompson High School in Woods, Alabaster, Alabama, ranks 9th in the 2023 ESPN 300. He chose Clemson over the states of Alabama, Florida and Jackson.

The Tigers’ recruiting class ranks sixth in ESPN’s latest team rankings, and Woods is their seventh ESPN 300 prospect. Twelve players committed to Clemson in June as Dabo Sweeney and his staff kicked things in high gear.

Woods is the second ESPN 300 recruit to jump on board for the Tigers this week after an offensive tackle from Zechariah Owens (No. 135) on July 4th.

As a junior last year, Woods recorded 92 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 11 sacks for Thompson High School.

“Defensively, I think my versatility probably sets me apart from a lot of the people on his team and the ones he recruits,” Woods said. “Only able to be the kind of guy who can play inside, outside, can stand on the ‘zero’ technique if I need to.”

He knew where most people expected him to go. Rejecting Nick Saban and Crimson Tide, Woods is working his way up and taking his own future into his own hands.

“I think people will be surprised,” Woods said. “I mean, that’s what I expected. As I heard, a lot of people expected me to say ‘Bama Lock’ or ‘Bama Lean’ or ‘Bama Bot’. It’s not like that. Story. I write my own story and where I grew up I don’t think it’s the best place for me. “

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