Canes trying to flip UNC commitment

Elijah Hood is one of the top running back prospects in the entire country. He's already made two commitments, and Miami is trying to make it three.

RB Elijah Hood: 6-0/225, 4.45/40

2013 stats: Cook has helped lead Charlotte (NC) Catholic to the state championship game this weekend. In 13 games, he's carried the ball 296 times for 3,119 yards and 45 touchdowns.

As a prospect: Hood has a tremendous combination of size and speed. He's a big back who has the power and toughness to go between the tackles and be a back who can carry it 20, 25 times a game. He breaks a lot of tackles and shows the ability to be very good down by the goal line. He's surprisingly fast, too, and when he gets in the open field he's got the ability to take it the distance. Along with that rare size/speed combination, Hood is a hard working, high character kid who has been tremendously productive at the prep level.

Recruiting: Hood made several unofficial visits during his junior year. The three schools he saw multiple times are North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Clemson. Hood committed to Notre Dame following a visit there back in April. It only lasted a few months, as he switched his pledge to North Carolina back in August. Miami has been recruiting him all along. He does not yet have any official visits scheduled.

Bottom Line: Like Dalvin Cook, Hood has already made two commitments and the Canes are trying to make it three. Pulling him away from North Carolina will be tough but his original pledge to Notre Dame indicates that distance might not be a huge factor. He's taken two unofficial visits to UNC since committing to them back in August, which likely indicates that it'll be very difficult for Miami or anyone else to pluck him away. The first step in the right direction for Miami would be getting him on campus for an official visit this month, especially since he plans to enroll early. It's highly unlikely that he flips from his UNC pledge but the Canes have been trying.


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