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UNC Football Recruiting: RB Elijah Hood commits to Notre Dame over Hometown Carolina


Elijah Hood of Charlotte, NC a four star Running Back has decided to leave the state and join the Irish of Notre Dame instead of playing for the hometown Tar Heels.   ESPN lists Hood as the #8 RB in the 2014 class and the #1 back in the state of North Carolina, a four-star prospect ranked No. 49 overall in the ESPN 150

Last season he rushed for a Mecklenburg County-record 3,309 yards and scored 48 touchdowns as the Cougars finished as Class 3AA state runners-up.   His combination of size (6-1, 210 pounds) speed and power make him a very interesting prospect.  Hood isn’t known as a burner but has the type of no-nonsense running style that could translate quickly at the next level.

Despite losing Giovani Bernard who became the fist back taken in this years NFL Draft, the Tar Heels are solid at the RB position.  The Heels have A.J. Blue heading into his senior season but will have both Romar Morris, T.J. Logan and Khris Francis for a while.

After putting together a terrific 2013 recruiting class that most had ranked in the top 20 nationally UNC head coach Larry Fedora has already secured six commitments in the 2014 class most notably four star quarterback Caleb Henderson of Burke, VA.  Still despite the strong start it’s disappointing to see an in state prospect the Heels were high on leave the state.  Fedora made his intentions very well known when he arrived at Chapel Hill and that was to build a program that leaned heavily on keeping in state prospect at home playing for the Tar Heels.

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  • Rob Bencini

    Elijah Hood is an excellent running back and lost in the NC 3-A Championship game to Northern Guilford. Though heavily recruited by UNC he signed with Notre Dame. The likely story is that he didn’t want to ride the bench behind TJ Logan for three years. He saw enough of TJ (over 500 yards, 8 TDs) in the championship game.