Three months ago Notre Dame signed D.J. Morgan, a three-star safety from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.
The Irish returned to Morgan’s school on Monday and left a scholarship offer for sophomore athlete Jaiden Woodbey.
“I was surprised and real happy at the same time,” said Woodbey, a 6-foot-1, 198-pounder. “That was another offer I was glad I got.”
Morgan was the first to congratulate Woodbey on his latest offer.
“He was happy,” Woodbey said. “He was just telling me he really liked the campus. He really liked the coaches and felt it was a good fit for him.”
Woodbey, whose father Donnell played safety at USC in 1994, hopes to visit South Bend in the near future.
Notre Dame’s coaching staff didn’t specify which position it was recruiting Woodbey to play. He plays both wide receiver and safety in high school and he would prefer to line up on the defensive side of the ball in college.
“They know I can play both ways,” Woodbey said. “I bring everything a starting safety would bring. I'm a big hitter. I'm a great open field tackler and I know I can cover and make that critical play when you need it. (As a receiver) I can make that explosive play. I'm really physical and can catch the ball in traffic. I have the speed to get away from any defender.”
Arizona, Cal, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA and USC are among Woodbey’s other offers.
Despite his tie to Southern Cal, Woodbey isn’t so sure he will follow in his father’s footsteps.
“No,” he said. “I’m going to make my own path.”