Xaverian's Wood commits to Coastal Carolina

Xaverian senior defensive back Damion Wood has verbally committed to Coastal Carolina University for the 2015 season, he announced tonight on his Twitter account.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Wood is the third Hawk to commit to a Division 1 program in the last four months, joining defensive end Joe Gaziano (Northwestern) and offensive tackle Joe Parsons (UMass). He is one of the state's top returning safeties on a squad that returns 15 starters from last year's Division 1 state finalist run.

The Chanticleers, from the FCS ranks, were the only Division 1 program to offer Wood at the time of his commitment. UMass, Rhode Island and Central Connecticut State were among the other D1 schools showing varying degrees of interest.

"I just thought Coastal Carolina was the right place for me, and I feel very comfortable with the decision I made," Wood told ESPNBoston.com.

Wood's commitment comes with a local connection. The Chanticleers' recruiting coordinator, Cory Bailey, is a Xaverian grad and former head coach at Worcester's Assumption College.

Coastal has been very active this offseason with Massachusetts recruits. They were the first to offer Parsons, as well as Boston College-bound St. John's of Shrewsbury safety Davon Jones. They were also among the first to offer Mansfield tight end Brendan Hill, who currently holds close to a dozen offers and told ESPNBoston.com last weekend he's leaning towards UConn.

"He helped a lot," Wood said of Bailey. "He likes kids from Xaverian because he knows how hard we work. He's a big factor on why I'm going there."

Wood demonstrates some good ball instincts, and is known to lay a stick or two, as shown in his highlight tape below: