Help Is On The Way

Charlie Weis envisions five-star recruit Cierre Wood fixing two issues with the Notre Dame football program.

The running game, and the return game.

"He said he thinks I'll solve his running problem," Cierre Wood said. Tuesday night, Weis and assistant coach Brian Polian were at Wood's house in Oxnard, Calif., for their in-home visit.

"He said they haven't returned a kick since 2003. I said if you'll play me, I'll get it done."

It looks like 6-foot, 196-pound Wood can certainly back that talk up.

This past season, the Santa Clara High standout carried the ball 121 times for 1,526 yards (12.61 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. He also averaged 34.4 yards per kick return, and had 26 total scores.

While Weis was worrying about his run and return games, Wood said he was never stressing about his future head coach being dismissed from the program.

"Because I know he was someone so tied into everything, they're not going to let him go," Wood explained.

"He just said people talk, and if something like that were to happen he'd of let me know."

Weis and Polian were hosted by Wood, his parents, brother and sister.

"He was getting into stuff about the season and stuff like that," Wood said of Weis. "He was talking about the school. It was nothing I hadn't already heard. He was just talking about summer, the classes freshmen have to take and all that other stuff."

They also talked football.

"He said I'm coming in at the right time, things are headed in a real good direction. He said most of players are beginning to reach their peak."

Wood keeps in touch with fellow Notre Dame verbal commit Marlon Pollard on nearly a daily basis. He sporadically talks with the rest of the Irish class, and Tyler Stockton sent him a text tonight.

Come early January, Wood will get to see Stockton and several other future teammates at the U.S. Army All-American game. Joining Wood and Stockton in San Antonio for the game are Chris Watt, Zeke Motta, Jake Golic and Shaquelle Evans.

Wood should be 100 percent for the prestigious game. An ankle injury caused him to miss the last two games of his prep career, and the Army game provides a final opportunity to end his high school football days with a bang.

"I still feel it a little bit," Wood said of his injury. "I'm good enough to play basketball, I just have to get my explosiveness back."

Despite being committed to Notre Dame, Wood says he still hears from places like California and UCLA.

"But they pretty much know I'm solid on my decision."


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