Commitment Pending?

MANHATTAN, Kan. - With Signing Days only days away, recruiting is the red hot right now and recruits are making their decision. Is Demonte Hood the Next Commit?

A commitment from defensive lineman Demonte Hood could be forthcoming for Kansas State. The 6-foot-1, 305-pound athlete from Arlington's Bowie High School may hold off until after signing day to make his commitment and subsequent signature. One big determining factor in Hood's future, however, takes place this weekend.

"I'll be taking the SAT again on Saturday," said Demonte Hood. "All I need to do is raise my score just a little to be fully qualified and ready to go. I just got off the phone with my recruiting coordinator, Coach (Joe Bob) Clements, at Kansas State. It's still possible I could make a decision before signing day but most likely it will be after."

Hood has been on campus in Manhattan previously. He came up on an unofficial visit to watch the Wildcats take on Oklahoma in late October.

"The staff and the players are like one big family," Hood said. "It was nice to see how close the teammates were with one another. The fans are crazy. It was amazing to watch them on game day and how passionate they are about the football program. They're part of family too. One would probably invite you over to his house if you needed a place to sleep for the night. They lost the game, but played hard and competed with OU, especially in the first half."

On the visit, Hood had a chance to meet briefly with the coaches and some of the players, but didn't get to see much of the campus. He'd like to go back and see more of the university soon.

"I'm thinking about trying to go to Kansas State the weekend after signing day," Hood said. "The other school I may visit is Michigan State. I want to go. They requested my transcripts and said they're interested in me visiting. I just need to call back to touch base with them and go ahead and schedule something."

A three year starter for the Arlington Bowie Volunteers, Hood made more than 60 tackles with seven tackles for loss as a senior. It was at offensive guard, however, that he was named First Team All-District (4-5A).

"I'm being recruited at D-line," said Hood. "I played a lot of nose tackle lining up right across from the center. My strengths are being able to move well laterally, my quickness and athleticism, and my ability to read plays. In the game I'm always active. I've got a motor that can go all night long."

Hood said Kansas State and Michigan State are the main two schools he's considering. Other offers had come from Arkansas, Kansas, Washington State, and San Diego State, Hood will be looking into the one area of college life most important to him when he gets to campus.

"Education will be the key factor in my final decision," Hood said. "My goal is to become a registered nurse so I want to go to a school with a good health program. With football, things will fall into place. You'll met players on the team you like. It's also easy to get along with coaches if you're working hard which I intend on doing."

This Bowie team featured seniors: Kolby Listenbee ( a TCU commit), Russell Hansbrough (an ASU commit) and Jessie Rogers ( a North Carolina commit)with Hood. They went 9-4 on the season falling to Southlake Carroll in the third round of the Texas 5A state playoffs.

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