Wood Scoops Irish Offer

This weekend is a big Saturday for Lo Wood, and the standout cornerback from Apopka (Fla.) Senior High, is doing everything he can to be prepared for it.

Lo Wood is taking the ACT. Everything else, including recruiting, has kind of been put on the back burner, as the 5-foot-11, 163-pound, class-of-2010 prospect is trying to make sure everything is in order so he can be an early enrollee to college next January.

"Well, I just want to go there and get ahead, and learn the plays faster, so by the time the freshmen come in, I'll be a step ahead and have a better opportunity."

Wood is starting to rack up opportunities.

Scholarship offers had already come in from Michigan, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Duke, on Tuesday Wood took a few minutes away from his study to grab his latest offer.

"We had a conference call with Charlie Weis," Lo Wood Sr. said. "We're excited about that. That's pretty big. We're going to try and get up there in the spring, and watch the spring game or come to camp or something."

Wood saw a couple Notre Dame coaches at his school a couple weeks ago, but he never thought he'd hear back.

"I wasn't really thinking Notre Dame was going to come and offer.

"At first coach Weis, he was just talking to me about character and how he didn't offer any corners for 2009, and then he asked me if I was interested in Notre Dame, and I told him I was, and he offered me and said he's going to send the papers down in a few days."

This past season, Wood had 35 tackles and five interceptions, with one he returned for a touchdown. He also had four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in helping Apopka finish 11-3.

"(College coaches) just tell me how they like how I play man-to-man, and I'm a very physical corner."

Wood is still learning about Notre Dame.

"I know they play on TV every game, and they play Michigan and USC, and I know they have a famous stadium," Wood said.

"All I know right now is they really take pride in their school. It's new to me. I'm excited to see Notre Dame stadium, the campus and how it is."

Wood has taken visits to Michigan, Georgia Tech, Florida and Georgia in the past. He's not sure of any future trips, and hopes to make a college decision before the start of his senior year.

"The first thing I'm looking for is academics," Wood said. He has a 3.13 GPA. "I need to have good people around me, good coach, people I know I can trust and be around a lot."

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