Charlotte Christian rising senior running back Justus Woods’s recruitment came to an end when he committed to Stanford earlier this spring after visit Palo Alto, Calif. last month.
Woods said Stanford had everything he and his family were looking for. He added the university doesn’t put football above academics.
“They’re No. 1 in academics with an amazing football team, so it stood out to me,” Woods said. “Going out there and visiting for myself was a confirmation for me and my family.”
Woods follows former Charlotte Christian gridiron great Brian Chaffin to Stanford.
Charlotte Christian football coach Jason Estep said the opportunity was such a well-rounded one for Woods that he didn’t think he had any other choice.
“Like the majority of the kids that come out of our program, he’s consistent,” Estep said. “He’s a better person than he is a player. That’s a pretty high remark, because he’s a really good football player.”
“He adds a very similar student athlete to what they have in their locker room. He’s that guy. He’s a well-balanced guy that can operate in the classroom academically at a high level, can focus in on football, he trains extremely well, takes care of his body, so he checks a lot of boxes if not all the boxes.”
Woods is a team-first player. When he arrived at Charlotte Christian as a freshman he had to sit behind Elijah Deveaux, who now plays running back for the Duke Blue Devils. Woods didn’t complain at all, while he waited his turn to take the starting job.
Estep said Woods is a humble young man, who isn’t ego or stat driven.
“He’s a complete team player,” Estep said.
Woods is thankful and relieved to have the recruiting process behind him. He said it feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders. Woods wants to focus on leading Charlotte Christian to a state title after the Knights fell short in a 28-27 defeat at the hands of Charlotte Latin in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championship.
The young dynamic athlete, who is a talented ball-carrier and pass catcher out of the backfield or spread out as a receiver, endured a slew of injuries that stymied him at times in 2016. He persevered through the nagging pain to amass 907 yards and 12 touchdowns on 169 carries, and caught 25 passes for 293 yards and six touchdowns.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Woods is finally healthy and ready to take the Knights back to the top before he takes his talents to the West Coast.