Weis and Woods Get Acquainted

While recruiting the top players in the Los Angeles area this past year, Charlie Weis and the Notre Dame coaching staff quickly noticed one of the elite prospects in the class-of-2010.

Arguably the top offensive player in the state of California in the junior class, Robert Woods has been on the Irish's radar for awhile.

A couple weeks ago, Weis shot over a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Junipero Serra High (Gardena, Calif.) receiver.

"He said he wanted to tell me, he didn't want it to just come to my house, he wanted to inform me one one-on-one, that he was going to be offering me a full scholarship to Notre Dame," Woods explained. "He told me he really wanted me to think about what Notre Dame is, and what Notre Dame has to offer. He was telling me to think about the positives about Notre Dame, and he was telling me to really think about Notre Dame when I make my choice."

A lot of other programs are hoping Woods is thinking about them when he does indeed go to make his college decision.

A four-star prospect, and Scout.com's 39th best player in the country overall, Woods holds 14 scholarship offers from the likes of USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado and Tennessee. Woods is claiming no favorites, but admitted the Irish scholarship felt a little different to him.

"I really do like Notre Dame," Woods said. "They just have so much great history and a religious background. Just the history about Notre Dame is so positive with the 11 National Championships. Hopefully I could be a part of one of those National Championships wherever I go."

This past season, Woods caught 81 passes for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also added 87 tackles and seven interceptions as a defensive back. Woods plans on making his decision at one of the national All-Star games, and has only visited USC, UCLA and California thus far.

"I want to get the local schools out of the way and use my official visits to get out and see the out-of-state schools," Woods said. He and his family are scheduled to drive up to Stanford in the near future.

Woods keeps in touch with Irish assistant coach Brian Polian, and a visit to South Bend at some point, is definitely not out of the question.

"I heard it's a nice campus up there," Woods said. "They're updating it as well with the indoor facility. It would be nice to see."

Woods, who wants to major in business, has talked it over with his family, and he plans on narrowing down his list of favorites before his senior season.

"We'll be looking at who's playing the most freshmen, the best coaching staff, who's winning, and we really have to look at things away from football, and the campus," Woods explained. "You have to look at all of those things when you choose a school."

Woods' scholarship offer from Notre Dame also felt a little bit different to his family.

"They were pretty excited because they know Charlie Weis is a legendary coach in college football," Woods said. "He knows how to win, and he knows players help him win, and he's recruiting me to help him win, and my family took that as a compliment being recruited by one of the best coaches."

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