Wood Booked For South Bend

Notre Dame has at least one big-time visitor booked for its spring game, April 19.

"I'm going to their spring game," Cierre Wood stated.

It will be the 6-foot, 200-pound Wood's first trip to South Bend. The Scout.com top-100 player from Oxnard, Calif. will be coming with either his mother or father, and has had this visit set up with the Irish coaches for a couple months now.

As of right now, Wood doesn't have any other ventures this spring or summer scheduled on the docket.

"I compare them to a young team on the rise," Wood said of Notre Dame. He occasionally keeps in touch with Irish assistant coach Brian Polian, and gets plenty of information through the mail. "They have a lot of talent. They just have to put it together.

"When you're an athlete and it comes to picking a school, you have three main questions, if you're going to play, do you feel comfortable, and where will I fit in?

"Notre Dame I think is going to be a comfortable spot, my mom already likes them, and I think I will get a chance to get playing time early there, and be able to show what I can do."

What Wood does on the field is borderline amazing, and it's easy to see why he was one of Notre Dame's earliest targets, getting offered by head coach Charlie Weis last November.

In helping lead Santa Clara High to the CIF-Mid Valley Division Title this past fall, Wood ran for 2,612 yards on 178 carries (14.7 avg.), with 42 touchdowns. He added 191 yards receiving, and 50 tackles and three interceptions from his cornerback spot.

Wood and his 4.5 speed, has seen his scholarship offer list grow to 14, with full-rides coming from the likes of USC, UCLA and Florida. Wood has no favorites at this point, and isn't sure when he is going to verbally commit somewhere.

"I'm going to take my time with this one," he said.

Wood, who has a 3.5 GPA, is looking forward to checking out the academic side of things when he arrives on Notre Dame's campus.

"Just see if they have what I'm going to major in," Wood stated. He wants to major in architecture.

"I've just been doing my homework on the football program and how many freshmen they play every year and stuff like that."

That stuff has Wood intrigued enough to see the place with his own eyes.

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