South Carolina combo guard Seventh Woods picked North Carolina over the in-state Gamecocks on Wednesday morning, giving Roy Williams his third commitment for the 2016 recruiting class.
Woods is rated as the No. 41 prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite, and the top player in the state of the South Carolina. After a slow start to the cycle — one that has been impacted by the ongoing NCAA-related issues in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has secured commitments from three top 75 players since Sept. 1.
South Carolina fans felt good about their chances to keep Woods in-state as recently as this week, but the 247Sports Crystal Ball only gave the Gamecocks a 20 percent chance to land the coveted four-star guard.
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“Coach Roy Williams has believed in me from day one,” Woods said, via 247Sports. “He was loyal to me and had been recruiting me since my freshman year. It was a tough decision but I UNC was the best (decision).”
Woods joins four-star center Tony Bradley and four-star forward Brandon Robinson in North Carolina’s 2016 signing class. His addition resulted in a nine-spot jump in 247Sports’ class rankings up to No. 4.