After securing an official visit from another national top-100 player this past weekend, Baylor made a big move into the final 2 for the coveted center prospect.
According to an initial tweet from Adam Zagoria later confirmed by dozens of others, Round Rock PF/C Dominic Woodson has narrowed his list to two schools with Baylor making the cut. Woodson, who is ranked 89th in ESPN's Top 100 for 2013, visited the school officially this past weekend. Whether we can read anything in to the fact that he subsequently canceled his scheduled trip to Oklahoma and announced that he was nearing a decision, I just don't know. Ashley Hodge of BearsTruth suggested on that board that Woodson may be leaning to Baylor based on what he's hearing, and he'd know much better than I. 247Sports, BearsTruth's affiliated network, lists Woodson as the #31 player in the country, the 8th-ranked PF, and gives him an overall ranking of 97. That sounds pretty good.
Woodson is an interesting recruit because his rankings are mostly predicated on size. At 6-9 (6-10 according to Dominic himself) and something like 280-285 pounds already, Woodson is slightly undersized height-wise for the center position but has a stature reminiscent of former-5* and current Baylor player J'Mison Morgan (Bobo). Unfortunately, the same work ethic questions that dogged Bobo have been raised about Dominic, as well, though ESPN seems to believe they are largely unfounded, saying that Woodson is extremely coachable and wants to get better every game. Their scouting report also lauds his basketball IQ, rebounding abilities (largely a result of his size, I'm sure), and ability to fit into any offense. He finishes at the rim, can distribute the ball himself, and has a well-developed game facing the basket. The only weakness cited is his average athleticism. From the sound of it, he's a larger, more polished but less athletic version of Ricardo Gathers.
Keep an eye on Woodson over the next few days. If Baylor could add him to a class already including Johnathan Motley and Ishmail Wainright, we could then look to Stevie Clark (PG) and Isaac Hamilton (SG) to finish things off. That group would definitely be a top-10 if not top-5 class in the country and would have every position on the court covered.
I've posted one of Woodson's available Youtube highlight videos below. Rivals subscribers can watch another video here where Rivals' Eric Bossi talks about Woodson's potential and compares him to a young Zach Randolph.