West End Lineman Takes Advantage of Combine

Mammoth offensive lineman Nathaniel Hood discusses his Scout.com combine performance and early college favorites.

Birmingham, Ala.--Saturday's Scout.com combine provided a great chance for some lesser known prospects to line up with some of the more well known prospects in the Southeast and show how their skills matched up.

One player who took advantage of that opportunity was Nathaniel Hood of West End High School. The huge offensive line prospect measured in at 6-5, 329 and showed some good athleticism for a player of his size.

Hood notes, however, that he did have some trouble doing some of the combine style testing for the first time. "I had a little bit of a difficult time with my shuttle runs and the cones," he explains. "It was slow, but I think I had like a 9 something (in the three-cone drill). In the sprint (40-yard dash) I had about a 5.5 or something like that."

Hood sprints through the finish line in his 40-yard dash.

Despite a slow time in the three-cone drill, Hood showed the ability to move his feet well in one-on-one drills versus the defensive linemen, but adds that he knows he will need a lot of technique work on the next level.

"I think I did pretty good," he says. "I have got to work on my footwork."

Overall, however, the jovial lineman says he had a great time at the event. "It was fun, really," he notes. "I got to meet new people from other schools. I got along with them and I hope to see them on the field when we play them."

Even though he was a virtual unknown coming into the combine, Hood says he was on track to be a big-time prospect early in his career.

"I really think I did better my sophomore year," he explains. "I made first team All-State. Mostly this year I was too busy talking to the coaches that came to visit me. Hopefully, this year I will do a good job and get signed by somebody."

Heading into his senior season, Hood says he would like to improve his strength and speed, although he says he can already bench press around 340 pounds.

Despite his lack of improvement from his sophomore to his junior season, Hood is already receiving some interest from some SEC programs.

"I think Vanderbilt is really interested in me," he notes. "They have been talking to me for a while and I have been talking to Arkansas, Alabama and Auburn.

"I like all of them, but I have got to go see some of the campuses and try and narrow it down a little more," he adds.

He does note, however, that at this point he does have a pair of favorites.

"My dad is an Auburn fan and that is what has got me looking at them, and Vanderbilt has a pretty nice campus," he says. "So, those are probably the top two right now."

The big lineman adds that he is planning on camping at both Auburn and Vanderbilt this summer.


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