Mississippi State Lands 2018 Forward Robert Woodard

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Robert Woodard II, the 6-foot-6 small forward from Columbus (MS) High School, announced his commitment and signing to Mississippi State on Tuesday via Twitter.

“I think they have really good guards,” Woodard told D1Vision about Mississippi State in July. “They have a lot of talent at guard, especially with their shooting. That’s a plus.”

According to 247Sports, Woodard is ranked as the No. 85 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 player from the state of Mississippi. He joins Reggie Perry and DJ Stewart as the third commit in the Bulldogs’ 2018 class.

“It’s been some sleepless nights, last week mostly,” Woodard told 247Sports on Tuesday. “Two nights ago I talked to God and He told me where to go. This is where I chose. Memphis is a family and made it really hard to make my decision, as well as Alabama. It was down to the wire.

Woodard chose Mississippi State over his final four of Memphis, Alabama, and Ole Miss. He also held offers from schools such as Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa State, LSU, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He took his first and only official visit to Memphis earlier this month (Nov. 3).

“I just felt like it was the best situation,” said Woodard. “Mississippi State has some great coaches as well as a great team with a lot of potential. I felt like it was either now or never. They have a team that is more like a brotherhood as well as a team.”

Playing with MEBO Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit, Woodard averaged 14.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game, in 16 games played. MEBO Elite finished with a 6-10 record, missing out on Peach Jam.

Earlier this year, Woodard was named as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi. His father played for MSU from 1987-1990.

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