Chuck Martin‘s hiring by Miami of Ohio as its head coach has continued to reap transfer benefits for the football program.
The father of Notre Dame defensive back Lo Wood confirmed to the South Bend Tribune Thursday that his son has decided to leave the Irish and finish out his college career with the RedHawks. While Martin spent the past two seasons as Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator, he was Wood’s position coach during his first two seasons in South Bend.
Lo Wood Sr. said Martin’s presence was the overriding factor in his son’s decision.
“It was all about coach Martin and opportunity,” said the dad. “Lo’s always liked and respected coach Martin. Lo accomplished his goal of reality, and that was getting a Notre Dame degree. Now it becomes about going after his dream, and that’s getting a chance to play to see if he can take his game to the NFL.”
Because of that degree, Wood will be eligible to play immediately in 2013.
Woods was a three-star member of the Irish’s 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 44 cornerback in the country. He played in 33 games in 2010-11 and 2013, missing the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury.
Earlier this month, it was reported that quarterback Andrew Hendrix and tight end Alex Welsh would be leaving the Irish and transferring to the RedHawks.