Thompson High defensive lineman Peter Woods announced on Thursday that he committed to Clemson.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Woods could play either tackle or end in college. Woods had nearly 40 scholarship offers, according to On3 Sports. He recently trimmed the list to Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Jackson State.

He is entering his fourth year at what has become the top program in the state. The Warriors won three consecutive Class 7A titles, and Woods was a starter on each of those teams. Woods also played in the state title game as an 8th grader. An injury kept him out for the bulk of the season in 2020, but he was able to return to play in the state championship win over Auburn.

Woods had 92 tackles, 26 for loss and 11 sacks as a junior. He becomes the second Thompson player to recently commit to a major college football program. Safety Tony Mitchell, also a five-star commit, chose Alabama last week over Texas A&M, Auburn and Georgia.

Woods, who announced his decision on, was ranked as the No. 3 defensive lineman in the nation and No. 5 Alabama product by On3 Sports.

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