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Lo Wood

Former Notre Dame corner heading to Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) coach Chuck Martin added another familiar player to his first RedHawks team.

Former Notre Dame cornerback Lo Wood will join the former Irish offensive coordinator as a fifth-year transfer, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Wood is the third former Notre Dame player to transfer to Miami under the graduate-student rule that allows athletes who have completed their undergraduate degree to transfer and play without sitting out a year. He joins former Irish quarterback Andrew Hendrix and tight end Alex Welch in the move to the RedHawks.

Wood had been granted his release from Notre Dame more than a month ago.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder had been in line for a starting spot going into his junior season before he ruptured an Achilles tendon in fall camp, keeping him out of the 2012 season. KeiVarae Russell, a converted running back, stepped into the starting spot left open by Wood's injury as the Irish went 12-0 and earned a spot in the BCS championship game.

Wood returned last season, but he couldn't dethrone Russell or Bennett Jackson in the starting lineup and slipped behind Cole Luke and Devin Butler on the depth chart.

Wood played in 31 games, recording nine tackles with 1 ½ for loss.

Wood's father, Lo Wood Sr., told the South Bend Tribune that reuniting with Martin was a big factor in his son picking the RedHawks. Martin coached defensive backs and then safeties in his first two seasons at Notre Dame before moving over to offensive coordinator the last two years.

"It was all about Coach Martin and opportunity," Lo Wood Sr. told the Tribune "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."