Just a week after withdrawing his commitment from the University of Notre Dame, four-star running back Elijah Hood has announced that he has committed to the University of North Carolina. North Carolina had been the favorite to land Hood after he announced he would not be attending the University of Notre Dame.
Tom Loy of 247 Sports was first to report that the 5’11” running back from Charlotte, North Carolina had committed to the Tar Heels early Tuesday evening.
“I prayed about it and trusted my gut and realized that North Carolina is the school I want to be at,” Elijah told CarolinaBlue.com’s Tom Loy. “It’s the right fit for me, it’s close to home and my family can see me play. They can see me grow as a player and a persona and that’s really important to me. My relationship with Coach Brewer and Coach Fedora is hard to match. They are incredible people and they always stuck by me throughout my recruitment, even after I committed to Notre Dame before. That impressed me.”
Hood had committed to Notre Dame just months ago, but a week ago announced that he had changed his decision and would not be attending their school and joining their football program. No official reasoning was given, but it’s highly speculated that the distance between his home in Charlotte and South Bend is the reason in his decision.
Based on that rumor, North Carolina became the clear favorite. Another reason Larry Fedora’s squad stood out was that before committing to Notre Dame, Hood was considering UNC along with Notre Dame before deciding on the Fighting Irish at the time.
Hood had offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, NC State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Stanford, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest in addition to UNC and ND.