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Notre Dame's run of success in recruiting California prospects continued on Saturday morning when the Irish landed a commitment from the Golden State's top running back, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara's Cierre Wood...

For the third straight year, Notre Dame has landed an impact recruit from Southern California, and in the process, grabbed a prospect who was the top player at his position out West.

After consecutive years of signing the West's top quarterback, Jimmy Clausen in 2007 and Dayne Crist in 2008, the Irish switched it up a little and went for the top ball-carrier in the region.

Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara running back Cierre Wood, the #3 running back nationally by and a five-star prospect, pulled the trigger and committed to the Irish.

"Cierre just committed to Coach (Charlie) Weis and to Notre Dame," said Santa Clara athletic director Mike Schabert. "Cierre met with Coach Weis earlier this morning to let him know he was coming to Notre Dame."

The commitment from Wood is the second known commitment for the Irish, he joins offensive lineman Jake Golic in the class of 2009.

Wood had narrowed down his choices to Notre Dame and UCLA earlier this week, but hinted that a good visit to South Bend could in turn, lead to him committing to the Irish.

That was the case as Wood took an unofficial this weekend.

"He went out for the Blue/Gold Game and told Coach Weis just before he headed out to the game," said Schabert. "Cierre is now a part of the Irish!"

A two-time all-state underclass pick, 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 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. In 2006, he was named the California State Sophomore of the Year.

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

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