Irish Land Another

Cornerback Lo Wood of Apopka High School (Fla.) flew to South Bend this morning to inform the Irish coaching staff that he wanted to become part of the Notre Dame program. Wood became the third prep athlete to commit to Notre Dame this week and the eighth Irish commitment of the 2010 recruiting class.

Lo Wood (5-foot-11 165-pounds) took an early flight to South Bend this morning in order to meet with Charlie Weis and the Notre Dame coaching staff to tell them that he wanted to be a part of their 2010 recruiting class.

"I picked Notre Dame because I wanted to go somewhere new, where I could make a name for myself," Wood responded when asked why he selected Notre Dame. "I want to be the corner that they can put on any receiver and I'll shut them down. I want to be the lockdown corner."

Wood received 21 scholarship offers, but his decision came down to Notre Dame and Michigan. In the end, the Irish won out.

"I like that it's a smaller school and getting a degree from there is a big deal," Wood said. "If I don't make it to the NFL, I'll have something to fall back on. I really liked the coaches at Notre Dame and coach Alford was the best recruiter out of all the schools that I was looking at."

Lo spoke with a number of people about the recruiting process, one of which was a former star at Notre Dame.

"Lamont Bryant always said good things about Notre Dame," Wood explained. "He wanted me to go there, but he just told me to listen to everyone, take everything in and make the decision that's best for me."

Lo also relied on some advice from current Florida safety Lorenzo Edwards, a player Notre Dame and Michigan recruited.

"He told me to pick the school that felt right for me and not to go by what anyone else said," Wood recalled. "He said to do what was right for me and not to follow the crowd."

Wood will return to Florida on Saturday after a night with his future teammates. He has already made plans to return for his official visit October 17th, when the Irish host the USC Trojans. Top Stories