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Lo Wood Leaves Notre Dame

Senior cornerback Lo Wood will leave Notre Dame following the Irish bowl game later this month.

Irish senior cornerback Lo Wood will leave Notre Dame and seek to play a fifth season at another university, according to his father.

The Apopka, Fla., native will seek out a place to play closer to home in his final season. Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Florida are all schools he is considering. Georgia Tech was among Wood's final three choices when he committed to play for Notre Dame out of high school.

"We know his ability is better than a limited role player. We know he can start in a Div. I program so we've got to go somewhere that can give him a shot," said Wood's father, Lo Sr. "[Irish coach Brian] Kelly was a stand-up guy about the whole situation."

Wood played in 31 games during his Notre Dame career, but fell behind freshmen Cole Luke and Devin Butler on the cornerback depth chart this season. He made 19 career tackles on defense and special teams and highlighted his Irish career with a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown against Maryland in 2011.

Wood will get his degree from Notre Dame at the end of the current semester and will try to join his new team for spring practice. He plans to travel with the team to its bowl game later this month and suit up for his final game in an Irish uniform. He will be eligible to play without sitting out a season next fall because of graduate student transfer rules.

Wood came to Notre Dame as a highly-rated prospect in 2010. He was in line to become a starter at cornerback last August when he tore his Achilles tendon and missed the entire 2012 season with the injury. Then-freshman KeiVarae Russell replaced him in the lineup last September and played well enough to keep the job.

After considering to look into other options this summer, Wood decided to stay in South Bend for one final season. Most of his playing time came on special teams this fall. He decided last week that he would look elsewhere and hopes to make a final decision in the next few weeks.

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