4-star CB Woodard Still Liking Irish?

Four-star cornerback Eli Woodard of Eastern High (Voorhees, N.J.) camped at Notre Dame in the spring and has remained in contact with the Irish coaching staff. He updated IrishEyes.com on his recruitment, and where Notre Dame stands.

Four-star cornerback Eli Woodard acknowledges Ohio State is his leader, but he added he isn't ready to shut down the recruiting process.

Instead, he wants to visit several other schools, and Notre Dame is on his list again.

"I really like them," the 6-foot, 180-pound Woodard said of the Irish. "When I went out there for a camp last year, I just liked everything about it. It was great. The campus was really great and I could definitely see myself being a part of it. I like their tradition."

Wood is being recruited by Irish assistant coach Bob Diaco, and the two are developing a good relationship.

"He's really funny," Woodard said. "He's real entertaining. He knows his football, but he's a real wise guy."

Woodard camped at Notre Dame in the spring, and has held the Irish in high regard since the trip.

"I'm looking for a school that really fits me, a school that can win a championship and has the right people around that I could be with them for three or four years," Woodard said. "You know if a school fits you as soon as you get there. It's a place you feel comfortable."

Asked if there was a leader, Woodard said "probably Ohio State right now, but it's still up in the air."

Wood holds approximately two dozen offers and named Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and North Carolina as some of the offers standing out.

For a while Ohio State has been at the top of Woodard's list, and he explained why.

"I feel Ohio State is definitely heading in the right direction with hiring Urban Meyer," he said. "There's a lot of changes in the program and their future is real bright. I can definitely see them winning a championship in the next three or four years."

Woodard spoke to Meyer on a pair of occasions, but is yet to meet him.

"It's mostly just generic stuff," Woodard said. "I'm taking a visit (this week) to talk to him and the staff and get to know them more. It's sort of like my own personal junior day. I haven't scheduled any others yet but I plan on scheduling some."

Two other places Woodard could see are Notre Dame and Michigan State.

"Notre Dame interests me," he said. "I was impressed by the Michigan State coach, but it's still early in the process. I'm on contact with (assistant Pat) Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator, and he's a really smart guy. They were talking to me about their defense. They definitely impressed me on the defensive side of the ball."

During the winter, Woodard said there was a steady stream of coaches stopping by Eastern High to see him, and it was something he enjoyed.

"It was great to see different coaches and what they had to say about you," he said. "To me, it's really exciting to see a coach from Miami or Alabama come see me. Sometimes it could get a little overwhelming because I would be in class and it's like, ‘Dang, going out again.' "

Although Woodard plans on making a decision "sooner" in the process, he plans on visiting more schools before committing.


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