"I didn't want to leave"

Notre Dame hosted a wealth of talent last weekend for the USC football game. Cornerback Lo Wood from Apopka High School (Fla.) was one of the Irish commitments that was on hand.

Last time Lo Wood (5-foot-11, 176-pounds) was in town was over the summer when he committed to Notre Dame. That was a big event for Lo, so if something were to outshine that moment it would have to be very special. Last weekend he was in town for his official visit and Wood.

"My impression was real good," Wood responded when asked about his trip to Notre Dame. "I had a great time up there, better than the last time I was up there. It was outstanding. The players were real cool and down to earth. I told my dad everything else was cool.

"The game was great, it was awesome. The team never let down, even though they were down 20 points. They stayed together and made some big plays. They showed me a lot. I love playing in front of big crowds and that was perfect. Every game is sold out. It's was wonderful."

With a big game and a load of recruits on hand to see the game, the coaches time was divided between a number of obligations. Wood didn't mind so much, because he knows he'll be seeing Notre Dame coaches just about every day when he enrolls in January.

"I really didn't talk to the coaches that much," Wood explained. "I did talk to coach Weis right before I left. We just talked about how things will be when I come in. We just talked about life, because we just don't talk about football. We talk life and how things are.

"I have no doubt in my mind (about Notre Dame). I didn't want to leave. I wish I could have stayed up there."

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