Inside the Auburn Tigers has been unable to reach Barron for comment, but Hood talked on Sunday about their visit to Auburn.
"It was a great visit," Hood explains. "It's good to see what everybody else is doing, but I'm still committed to Alabama. Nothing has changed. I had a good time. Coach (James) Willis is a great person and there was no pressure. It was still a great visit.
"I've been there before so it was nice to see everything again," he adds. "I hung out with Ryan (Williams). He was my host and he's from back in Mobile, so we were just catching up on old times. It was a good visit.
"It's always nice to see what other schools are doing, but you've got to do what's best for the player," Hood notes.
Hood was a standout at receiver and defensive back for a St. Paul's team that won the 5A State Championship this season. He's also projected as possibly a high pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Barron, a Scout.com five-star prospect, was a linebacker and running back as a senior.
Auburn is recruiting Hood as a receiver, and he met with new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin on his visit.
"They said they were going to spread the ball out and throw it a good bit," Hood states. "I'm just looking for a way to be utilized as a team player. Alabama is still where I'm committed at, so until Feb. 6 that's where I'm going."
Of Barron, who could play a number of positions at the collegiate level, Hood says, "Mark had a great time. We all had a good time. We're still solid on Alabama, but it's good to take visits and see what's going on with other schools."
Auburn commitment Cameron Henderson was one of the prospects on an official visit to Auburn over the weekend. He says that he feels good about Auburn's chances with some of the other prospects on the board like Barron and Jerrell Harris.
"They had a real good time," Henderson says of Barron and Harris. "I talked to them about coming and I feel pretty good about it."
Harris had "no comment" on his official visit to Auburn when reached on Sunday.