Recruiting Heating Up For Hood

Five-foot-ten, 186-pound cornerback prospect D'Antoine Hood talks recruiting with Inside the Auburn Tigers.

Phenix City, Ala.--Athlete D'Antoine Hood of Central-Phenix City High School is a prospect who was impressive at an Auburn summer camp and is getting some late interest on the recruiting front.

"Middle Tennessee has been looking at me very hard and a lot of other schools from Conference USA," Hood explains. "Auburn, Clemson and Vanderbilt just came along and Jacksonville State. I like Louisville, too. My top right now is Auburn, Middle Tennessee and Louisville.

"I've been getting a lot of interest but no offers yet," he adds.

Hood is a starting cornerback for the Red Devils, but like most star high school cornerbacks he doesn't get many opportunities.

"I've got one interception and about four pass breakups," he notes. "They really don't try to throw my way very much. I play some offense, but it depends on who we play. If it's an opponent that is very good and very fast on defense then I play a little offense. I also return punts and kickoff returns."

Hood is elusive with the ball in his hands, but is getting recruited "as a kick returner and as a defensive back," he says. "I'm a defensive guy, but I'm well-rounded. I think could play running back or defensive back. I played running back my sophomore year then I switched to defense. I like hitting more."

Hood showed his cover abilities at a camp on the Auburn campus over the summer.

Hood is the cousin of former Auburn cornerback and punt returner Roderick Hood, who walked on and played until 2002 before moving on to the Philadelphia Eagles. Hood, who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, was at the Central-Phenix City game at Russell County game on Friday. Russell County won, but the Red Devils had already locked up the fourth spot in the state playoffs in 6A Region 3.

"We're playing Lee County (Georgia.) at home in Garrett-(Harrison) Stadium in Phenix City on Friday," Hood notes. "Our first playoff game will be in Mobile against McGill-Toolen."

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