"I basically wanted to see what else is out there," Hood tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The last thing I wanted to do was sign with Auburn and say, ‘I should have checked out this school, I should have checked out that school.' I was going out there to confirm that Auburn is where I want to be.
"I'm committed to Auburn and I'm going to sign with Auburn," Hood adds.
Hood, a two-way player at Central-Phenix City, was a cornerback in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game.
Hood chose Auburn over several small schools on Jan. 8, but his offer list is growing a bit. Along with Auburn and Memphis, Hood claims offers from "Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Arkansas State, and I think I've got one from Maryland," he notes. "They haven't really called me, but my coach told me."
Being recruited to Memphis by defensive coordinator Tim Walton, the Tigers started contacting Hood just recently.
"I had a real nice time," Hood says of the official visit to Memphis. "I enjoyed it. The best part was going out on the city. The city was very high-energy. There were a lot of real nice people down to earth. The facilities and the academic facilities were real nice.
"I got to check out the football complex," he adds. "Tim Walton also showed clips with me about what the defense is going to be like and how it's going to be set up, what kind of coverage and things like that."
National signing day for football prospects is Feb. 6.