2010 Defensive Backs

Notre Dame signed three defensive backs in the 2010 recruiting class and all three of those players enrolled in January. That's a good thing as the Irish may rely on one or more of them during the 2010 season.

Spencer Boyd, (5-foot-10, 175-pounds) Cape Coral High School (Fla.)

Brian Kelly's Comments: "You'll get a chance to see his skill level at the cornerback position.He obviously shows his athletic ability and his speed at the cornerback position. He has the toughness and his ability to on come up. What we like again, his ability to tackle in open field which is absolutely crucial at the cornerback position, but he's also got to play the ball. He can't be a guy that doesn't have the skills to do both. He's a very sure tackler, and again, possesses the ball skills. He's a young man that is going to benefit from being here and getting an opportunity. He's already out working with Coach Longo and our entire football team getting acclimated to Notre Dame. (He has you) speed and burst."

Spencer Boyd Profile:As a senior, Boyd intercepted six passes and broke up 12 others while making 53 tackles . On offense, he gained 516 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns. Scout.com ranked Boyd the No. 59 cornerback in the country. He was named 2009 first-team all-area defensive back by the Fort Myers News-Press , as Cape Coral had an undefeated regular season and won the Florida District 4A-12 title. He was named all-district as senior in 2009 by Florida Athletic Coaches Association and was selected to play in the John Carrigan Rotary Classic All-Star game in 2009 but did not participate due to injury. As a junior, Boyd returned two kickoffs for touchdowns with the first for 104 yards against Mariner and the second for 90 yards in playoff loss to Venice. As a sophomore he rushed for 1,059 yards and 15 touchdowns in helping the Seahawks to the Florida Class 5A regional final.

Lo Wood (5-foot-11) 176-pounds) Apopka High School (Fla.):

Brian Kelly's Comments: "He is here as well (early enrollee). What we liked about Lo is again, he's a very physical player, with good size, and he comes up and will play and will compete for every ball thrown. When the ball is in the air, he's got excellent ball skills. Again, a young man that's already gotten stronger and is in our off season conditioning program as we speak."

Lo Wood Profile: In his senior season Wood registered one interceptions and eight pass breakups , 58 tackles, five blocked kicks, and a fumble recovery. Apopka was undefeated during the regular season and went to the semifinals of the Florida Class 6A state playoffs. Blue Darters were District 5-6A champions with a defense that allowed only 86 points through first 11 games. Scout.com ranked Wood the No. 46 cornerback in the country. He was named second-team all-state by SunStateFootball.com and ranked 55th on the Orlando Sentinel Final Florida Top 100 list, including fourth on Sentinel Final Central Florida Top 100. Wood was a first-team defensive back on the all-Metro Conference as selected by Orange County coaches. He was a first-team all-Central Florida selection by the Orlando Sentinel and first-team defensive back on the all-Orange County team by the Orlando Sentinel . . . named third-best cornerback in Florida prior to 2009 season by Orlando Sentinel, As a junior he totaled 35 tackles, five interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and blocked one kick as he was named all-county by the Orlando Sentinel and first-team all-metro. He was named one of the top 10 juniors in Florida and the only cornerback listed prior to 2009 season by Gainesville Sun. Wood was a four-year starter in high school who transferred to Apopka before his junior year after attending Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando as freshman and sophomore.

Chris Badger (6-foot-1, 192-pounds) Timpview High School (Provo, Utah):

Brian Kelly's Comments: "Chris is a safety. I think the thing that stands out about Chris is his physical play. He's a guy that can play off the hash, play the ball in the air, and also play physical… love his contact skills, and another that's got great ball skills. He has the ability to step in front of a pass and has the athletic ability to take it in. Again, playing in half coverage, see him in his back pedal, adjusts to the ball, plays the ball in the air very well."

Chris Badger Profile: Badger made 77 tackles and three interceptions as a senior. He also played as wide receiver. Timpview defeated Springville 35-6 in 2009 for their fourth straight Utah 4A state titles, as Chris was a starter the past three seasons. His four-year combined record was 49-3, with undefeated seasons coming in 2008 and 2007. Scout.com ranked Badger the No. 28 safety in the country. He was named a first-team Utah 4A all-state defensive back by both the Salt Lake Tribune and the Salt Lake City Desert News. Badger was named defensive MVP on the 2009 all-Valley team selected by the Provo Herald. He was ranked the 10th-best player and second-best defensive back in the Midlands region (Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah) by SuperPrep and selected to the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 team. He was one of 12 defensive backs named to the Western 100. He was a Provo Herald all-Valley selection as defensive back as junior in 2008 as one of only two juniors to earn all-state honors as he led Timpview in tackles with 74 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles . As a sophomore he made 51 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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