Wood Is Excited About His Future At ND

Lo Wood will be one of the 2010 recruits that will enroll at Notre Dame in January. The cornerback from Apopka High School (Fla.) had a great relationship with the former Irish staff, but he's ready to get to work with Brian Kelly and his new position coach.

Lo Wood (5-foot-11, 176-pounds) was hoping to play for Charlie Weis and defensive backs coach Corwin Brown, but when Notre Dame made a coaching change, he never lost focus on his goal to play for the Irish.

"I liked coach Brown and coach Weis a lot, but it wasn't really a big deal to me," Wood said. "I really didn't go to Notre Dame just for the coaches. I knew Notre Dame was going to hire the best coach. It's one of the top schools, so I knew they were going to hire a winner. I know (Kelly) made Cincinnati a winning program, going 12-0…I knew he was a good coach.

Wood is familiar with Kelly's success at Cincinnati, but he really hasn't had a chance to develop a relationship with him. Recently Lo did have a brief conversation with his future head coach, and he liked what he heard from Kelly.

"I spoke with him one time for about 5 minutes, but we really didn't get to talk that much," Wood explained. "It was real good though. He's an energized guy that speaks highly of Notre Dame. He's ready to coach and bring the best people to Notre Dame. He said that it was good that I was a recruit that was coming in early so I could come in early and work with the new defensive backs coach.

"I think he's supposed to visit on January 4. Right now I do have questions about how his practice is going to be run and what the structure of the team is going to be. I want a hard working team, but at the same time you're out there having fun. I want a team where you're working hard and doing everything right and not making mistakes and everything is going good."

The recruiting process can make a young kid grow up fast. In Wood's case, it's happening faster than most. Nonetheless Wood has tried to avoid the various pitfalls that come with being a big-time recruit.

"This all came fast for me," Wood said. "There have been so many things that have developed for me football-wise and for me as a person. Since I committed early, it really didn't change much for me, because I always had my mind focused on coming in early and staying with Notre Dame. It's just now hitting me that in another two weeks that I'm actually going to be at the school.

"I'm just excited about everything. I'm excited to get there and work out with the team. I know I need to gain some weight and get stronger. On the field I just need to show my skills and show them that I can play. There really shouldn't be anything to hold me back."

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