Tigers Add 19th Football Commitment

Auburn has picked up another football verbal commitment.

Phenix City, Ala.—Auburn picked up its 19th verbal commitment for the 2008 class when speedy defensive back D'Antoine Hood from Central High committed to the Tigers after receiving an offer on Monday. Hood tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he didn't have to wait long to make a decision once the offer came through.

"I committed to Auburn yesterday," Hood says. "I'm real excited. This is like a fairy tale dream for me. I always wanted to play at Auburn. Now I got that chance. I'm very excited.

"Last night I was kind of speechless," he adds. "Now I have gotten over the shock and everything and I am excited. I'm ready to play tomorrow if I could."

A player that has been on Auburn's radar for quite some time without an offer, Hood says he has been hearing from the coaching staff constantly and finally got an offer after waiting for several months for those very words. With offers from Georgia Southern, Arkansas State and several smaller schools, Hood says he almost pulled the trigger for the Eagles, but Auburn put an end to that.

"Yes sir, I have been hearing from them for a while," Hood says of Auburn. "I was a bit surprised because there were some people in front of me. I think I was third on their chart. I'm just really excited to get this offer."

Hood was one of the few standouts for the Alabama team versus Mississippi last month in Mobile.

The cousin of former Auburn and current Arizona Cardinals standout Roderick Hood, this Hood is almost the spitting image at 5-9, 185 with 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash. He says that he likes to compare himself to the current NFL standout and notes he's gotten some help from his cousin on how to play the position.

"I think the one thing I get from Roderick is my technique, my press technique," Hood says. "I think he taught me well on how to press and cover good."

A standout at Auburn's summer camp and as a senior for the Red Devils, Hood says that he feels like he's become a much better player as he's gotten bigger and stronger. He adds that his senior year was big for him because he had one final chance to show he belongs.

"Yes sir, I think I helped myself at camp," Hood says. "I knew my senior year would be big if I signed with a Division I school. I had to really go after it my senior year because I felt like if I had a strong senior year it would make the difference."

Hood says he will take a visit to Auburn on Jan. 18 and is done with recruiting. He will not take any more visits.

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