2014 freshman running back Elijah Hood has begun his career with UNC this week with the start of the spring semester. He’s one of the most talented recruits seen in the nation and one of the best to ever come from the state of North Carolina. After Larry Fedora heavily recruited him, he decided not to accept UNC’s scholarship offer and go with Notre Dame. However, he eventually flipped from Notre Dame to North Carolina in the fall last year, and he is eager to remain in-state and make an impact with the Tar Heels in his freshman year.
Hood is touted as one of the best recruits not only play for North Carolina, but to be produced out of the state of North Carolina. Hood is a four-star running back that ranks 6th in the nation and made a name for himself as a speedy, athletic tailback who knows how to run the ball efficiently even and doesn’t need much help. Give him just a few inches and Hood will use that room to his advantage.
Need proof? See in the video above, where Hood squeezes right through the defensive line and breaks down the field for a touchdown without any defensive player catching him. He was almost in the end zone before the defense even realize he had made it past them. Speed and awareness are two of his strengths that will make him a very big part of UNC’s offense this upcoming season.
Hood is an ARMY All-American, was named Mr. Football in the state of North Carolina by MaxPreps, and made the all-state team this past season. He is on the second-team All-American 247 Sports team and on USA Today’s All-USA second-team.
Hood enrolled early at UNC and began his education this week after signing his Letter of Intent with UNC.