Texas is off to a good start on the recruiting trail for its 2018 class, and head coach Tom Herman received another commitment Saturday evening. Wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, a 4-star recruit from Houston, announced that he will be a Longhorn. Woodard, who attends Lamar HS, is Texas’ 12th commitment in the 2018 class and he put together a video announcing his decision.
According to 247Sports.com, the 6-foot-1 Woodard also considered LSU, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M before deciding that Austin was the best place for him to continue his football career. Woodard told EJ Holland of 247Sports that the change in offensive philosophy is something that grabbed his attention while evaluating Texas.
“Last year, they ran and pounded the ball,” Woodard said according to Holland. “But as you saw this spring, they really aired it out. They threw the ball pretty much the whole spring game. They like me at outside receiver, and I think I can be a great fit.”
Given Herman’s work on the offensive side of the football at Houston, and prior to that Ohio State as the offensive coordinator, how Texas progresses on that side of the football will be something that many pay attention to during his tenure as head coach. Last season Texas ranked fifth in the Big 12 in total offense, and eighth in passing offense. Adding talents such as Woodard should help the Longhorns become a more credible threat through the air.
Woodard is the second wide receiver to commit to Texas in the 2018 class, joining Rondale Moore, who attends Trinity HS in Louisville. 247Sports ranks Woodard the eighth-best prospect in Texas and the 12th-best wide receiver in the 2018 class.