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Jay Woods Commits To Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s class of 2013 received a boost on Thursday when defensive tackle Jay Woods from Jackson (Ga.) High School committed to the Commodores.

Woods chose Vanderbilt over Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Clemson and Georgia Tech. It was an unofficial trip to Nashville that helped put the Commodores on top for Woods.

“When I went up there for my visit, I was like … ‘Woah,’” Woods told 247Sports. “Coach Franklin came in a day early from his vacation just to see me, and I felt like it was home. You have the best of both worlds at Vanderbilt. You got a prestigious college in academics and you’re playing SEC football.”

Woods’ commitment helped Vanderbilt’s standing among SEC schools in the 2013 class. The Commodores moved up to No. 8 in the SEC – No. 18 overall – in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings.

Vanderbilt has 20 commitments for the class of 2013.

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Jay Woods Set To Announce; Will He?

Defensive tackle Jay Woods from Jackson (Ga.) High School is expected to announce his decision today.

Georgia has been considered the leader for Woods, who said this week he’s also considering Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Georgia Tech. But Jake Rowe of UGASports.com reported Wednesday night that Missouri and Clemson could be making a late push for Woods, who might even decide to postpone his announcement.

Georgia was a late entry into the race for Woods, who’s considered the nation’s No. 15 defensive tackle by ESPNU. Will Missouri or Clemson make a late pass before the finish line? We should find out today.

UPDATE: Woods is still expected to announce his decision this afternoon at 4:30 eastern time, according to JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.

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Jay Woods To Announce Decision

Defensive tackle Jay Woods from Jackson (Ga.) High School plans to announce his decision on Thursday.

“I will be making my college decision on Thursday after my walk through practice,” Woods wroteĀ on Facebook.

His list of schools includes Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Georgia Tech. Woods hinted earlier this month that a decision could be coming soon.

“I want to get it out of the way so I can focus on the season,” he told Rivals on Aug. 1.

Woods is ranked the nation’s No. 24 defensive tackle by Rivals.

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