Championship In Sight For Hood

Rodney Hood, who holds five high major scholarship offers, is focused on winning a state championship. The four-star guard is just two games away from winning a title.

Rodney Hood has college coaches beating down his door. But that hasn't deferred his focus from trying to win a state championship.

Over the weekend Hood led Meridian (Miss.) High to a 67-50 win over Biloxi in the South State Boys 6A championship game. Hood scored a game high 23 points in the game.

"We made it to the [Mississippi] Coliseum where we get to play for a state championship," Hood told "We are in the semi-finals and I'm having a real good year this year and I'm in the running for player of the year."

Hood, a 6-foot-6 versatile wing, is averaging 23 points and nine rebounds a game for Meridian, who is now 25-6 on the year.

"I think I've been playing real well," Hood said. "I've been leading my team in every category. I've just been working hard and I've been learning how to play a different position and I've been scoring the ball real well this season."

Although Hood's focus may be on basketball, he's still getting plenty of attention from colleges.

"I really haven't been talking to too many coaches," he said. "They've been calling my mom, but I'm trying to focus on the rest of the season. We only have two more games I just want to stay focused. They still come to my games."

"The main five that have offered me are Marquette, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Arkansas," Hood added. "Those are pretty much my top five right now. "Kentucky sends me stuff in the mail, Georgia and Georgetown too."

During football season, Hood took unofficial visits to Alabama, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

"I'm going to take my time," Hood said of the process. "When the season is over with I'm going to put it all out on the table and see what is what. But right now I'm focused on getting this state championship."

Hood and Meridian will be back in action on March 3rd. They'll take on Greenville Weston in the 6A State Tournament semi-finals.

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