Standout CB Woodard Talks Irish Offer

Eli Woodard of Eastern High (Voorhees, N.J.) is expected to turn into one of the top cornerbacks in the 2013 class, and last week he picked up his first offer after camping at Notre Dame. Woodard spoke to IrishEyes.com about the offer, his visit to Notre Dame, and his tour of the campus.

It didn't matter the school, Eastern High (Voorhees, N.J.) cornerback Eli Woodard was just thrilled to get his first offer because he didn't know when it would come.

That the 6-foot, 170-pound class of 2013 standout athlete received it from Notre Dame speaks of his ability, and when he followed it up with one from Ohio State a few days later …well, you get the idea of his talent level.

Woodard camped at Notre Dame last week and was so impressive, it was a no-brainer for the Irish staff to offer him.

"It is definitely big to get the first one, and not many people get their first offer from Notre Dame," Woodard said. "It's a relief to get it off your back."

Woodard was told about the offer after he was released from camp last week.

"I spoke to the def coordinator (Bob Diaco) and he told me I was getting the offer," Woodard said. "He told me he talked to the defensive staff and it was unanimous."

Woodard enjoyed working with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks at the camp.

"He's real cool," he said. "I felt real comfortable around him. He taught us tips on man-coverage techniques and zone techniques. The way he went through drills was demanding, and I liked that."

After the camp, Woodard had the opportunity to check out the South Bend, Ind., campus.

"It was amazing, one of most beautiful campuses I've been around," Woodard said. "It was real unique, and I saw Touchdown Jesus, the Basilica, the fountains. It felt like I was little bit at home.

"It was a great experience. The facilities were great, and the coaches were great. I know they're a real great college program, and each year they put guys in NFL, and they also have great academics, and a degree from the school will open doors for me."

Woodard followed up his Notre Dame camping experience by heading to Ohio State, where he excelled at grabbed an offer. He said the recent turmoil surrounding the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found during the camp.

"Ohio State also offered me (Sunday) after the camp," Woodard said. "It's still a real positive vibe there. There is a trusting coaching staff, and were building a great relationship."

Purdue also offered and Woodard is camping at Rutgers on Tuesday, and Scarlet Knights are expected to offer.


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