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January 16, 2014

Wood heading to Miami

Lo Wood will take on a new challenge under an old coach.

After a month-long hunt for a landing spot to continue his college career and play out his fifth year of eligibility, the former Irish cornerback has decided on Miami of Ohio.

Wood will reunite with former teammates Andrew Hendrix and Alex Welch in Oxford, along with former Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, who’s taken over as head coach. Wood and Welch will enroll at Miami at the end of January following the school’s month-long winter term. Hendrix is already enrolled.

Wood evaluated other options for his fifth year, but Martin’s recruitment helped secure the transfer.

“I’m a Lo Wood fan and I always have been,” Martin told Wood, according to father Lo Wood Sr. “Lo Wood is a good corner, a lock down corner. That’s what I need. I need Lo Wood to lock down one side of the field for me.”

Wood Sr. said Martin’s recruitment of his son began “as soon as he got the job” last month. Wood had already decided to leave Notre Dame for his fifth year before Martin accepted the Miami post.

Wood’s Irish career was derailed by injury when he ruptured his Achilles tendon midway through training camp entering his junior year. It took Wood nearly a full year to recover, but he never seriously challenged KeiVarae Russell for the starting spot and slipped behind freshmen Cole Luke and Devin Butler by mid-season.

The former three-star prospect out of Apopka, Fla., finished his run at Notre Dame with 19 tackles and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown against Maryland in the Shamrock Series during his sophomore year.

“I think he landed back at the right place,” Wood Sr. said. “That’s where he’s meant to be. He’s happy. He likes Martin and wishes that he could have coached him all four years at Notre Dame.

“You get a chance to do something different. Going to coach Martin, going somewhere where they want him, where they need him, where they recruited him, that’s the best position you could have as a football player.”


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