Cierre Wood Talks Bruins, Irish

Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara running back Cierre Wood, the top running back in the West, talks about his final two schools and why those are the last two standing in his recruitment...

With his decision to narrow his college choices down to two schools, Notre Dame and UCLA, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara running back Cierre Wood said there was a reason behind it.

"Those are the two schools I feel the best about so I figured why not narrow it down," said Wood. "I had a lot of great schools offer me, but Notre Dame and UCLA are the two I'm going to choose from."

The Irish have been one of the longtime favorites for Wood, and he's going to visit South Bend this weekend for Notre Dame's Spring Game.

"I've never been there so I'm looking forward to that trip," said Wood. "I'm going out with my family and it should be good."

Wood said that even if the visit wows him, he doesn't expect to make a decision during the weekend.

"I won't decide anything until after I get back," said Wood. "I just want to talk about it with my family after the trip."

UCLA is hoping that Wood comes back and gives them one last look before he decides. Wood has been invited to their Spring Game at the Rose Bowl on April 26th, and he is planning on attending that.

"I went up there for a Junior Day two weeks ago and I really liked it there," said Wood. "The coaches said they're building something special there and they want me to be a part of it."

Wood said each school had some things that stood out for him.

"With Notre Dame, I could come in and play early and have a chance to play against great competition. Notre Dame is a lot like my school. They have a great tradition. At UCLA, it's close to home and I could be a part of something they are building," said Wood. "I'm comfortable with those two schools and happy to be down to two. It's been stressful."

Several other schools offered Wood, including USC, California, Oregon, Washington, Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida, but in the end, the Irish and Bruins stood out.

"I talked about it with my family and those were the two schools I felt best about," said Wood.

Wood is ranked the #3 running back nationally and the five-star prospect is the top running back in the West.

As a junior, Wood scored 42 touchdowns, rushed for 2,612 yards on 178 carries and caught seven passes for 191 yards. He also played cornerback, recording 50 tackles and three interceptions and led Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara to the CIF-MidValley Division Title. Wood averaged 14.7 yards per carry and 200.9 yards per game.

Following the season, Wood was named the CIF Player of the Year and Ventura County Player of the Year.

Academically, Wood is carrying a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT in May or June.

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