Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 ATH Woodie III Surprised to Receive Notre Dame Offer

June 20, 2017

2019 athlete Raymond Woodie III will make the move from Florida to Oregon soon, as his father is the new special teams coach for Willie Taggart. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is one of the hottest names on the recruiting circuit, and Notre Dame jumped in the race for the three-star prospect on Monday night.

“Coach (Autry) Denson offered me,” Woodie told Irish Sports Daily. “He let me know when Notre Dame offers someone, it’s a long process and they don’t just offer anyone. The people they offer, they really want. He also said to keep working hard, and I need to get up to Notre Dame pretty soon.”

The offer was somewhat a surprise for Woodie, but he knew the Irish had some interest in him after a spring visit.  

“He came to watch me during spring practice about a month ago,” stated Woodie. “It was kind of a surprise for me to get the offer today.”  

Notre Dame did make it clear the offer was on the defensive side of the ball. Woodie starred on both sides of the ball for Wiregrass Ranch (Fla.) the last two years, but he knows his future is at defensive back.

“I played quarterback mostly my freshman and kind of my sophomore year,” explained Woodie. “I have kind of transferred over to defensive back because most schools have offered me as an athlete or defensive back. I play a little bit of receiver too.”

Woodie holds over 20 offers from the likes of Duke, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, and USC. No schools have made a huge jump on his list and Woodie is looking forward to September 1st when coaches can call prospects.  

“Everyone is pretty even right now,” Woodie stated. “I wouldn’t say any school is recruiting me the hardest. I will see when September comes around when coaches can hit me up and stuff like that.”

Over the last week, Woodie has traveled across the South and East Coast to see programs like Alabama, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Woodie is using the trips to formulate what he wants in a school.

“I want to have an opportunity to play early and get into a good atmosphere,” Woodie said. “I want to find good academics and a good coaching staff. I am kind of still feeling everything out for the most part.”

As far as a trip to Notre Dame, Woodie and his family have already talked about making a trip to South Bend.

“I am going to try to get up there soon,” said Woodie. “I was talking to my parents, and we are all talking about it. They wanted to try to get me up there soon. Hopefully, I can get up to Notre Dame by the end of the summer.”  

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