Junior QB catches Sanford’s eye

Junior Walker Wood was among nearly a dozen quarterbacks to participate in the Irish Invasion last week.

Notre Dame first reached out to junior quarterback Walker Wood last fall shortly after his sophomore season at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky. The Irish got their first in-person look at him last Friday when the 6-foot, 175-pounder participated in the Irish Invasion.

“It went well,” Wood said. “I had a great time and met a lot of great people, good coaches and some great football.”

Wood, who attended the camp with several teammates including Jedrick Wills, a four-star offensive lineman who earned an offer from the Irish, thought he performed well at the camp and enjoyed his time working with Irish quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.

“He’s a great guy,” Wood said. “He knows what he’s talking about and he knows how to run a high intensity practice so I enjoyed working with him. He talked to all of us in the group and said we slung the rock pretty well during the whole camp. He said he was going to stay in touch with most of the quarterbacks there. It was a good group. We were all pretty much 2017 quarterbacks.”

Cincinnati and Louisville have already offered. Wood has heard from several others including Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

He hopes to visit several of those schools later this summer.

“I’ll be going to Wake Forest in July,” he said. “I’ve got to work some details out because UK’s 7-on-7 is in July also. That’s the day after Wake Forest’s camp so I’m going to try to just make it a visit up there. I just have to iron out the details with the coach.”

Wood isn’t in a hurry to name favorites.

“I look at them all equally,” he said. “Every single one has an equal opportunity. I’m just enjoying the ride right now and enjoying high school. I don’t know where I’m going to go.”

As a sophomore, Wood led the Generals to an 8-4 record.

He completed 116-of-215 passes (54-percent) for 1,807 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,093 yards and 17 scores. Wood threw for at least one touchdown in 10 games and rushed for 100 or more yards four times. His season-high (269 rushing yards, five TDs) came in a 41-34 loss to Bryan Station.

“We run a spread offense, quick tempo. We don’t huddle up at all,” he said. “I like a quick tempo offense. I like to move the ball and get up the field; hit quick routes and then when you catch the defense you can hit them over the top.”

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