OL excited about new Miami offer

This talented offensive line prospect recently landed an offer from Miami. Read on to see what he's saying about that, what he likes about the Hurricanes, who the toughest competition will be, his visit schedule, and much more.

"I just picked up an offer from the University of Miami recently," Daniel Hood (Knoxville, TN -- Knoxville Catholic H.S.) said. "I was excited about that because it's Miami."

Hood, 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, said the scholarship offer from the Canes took him by surprise.

"It sorta came out of the blue," he said. "One of their coaches called me one night recently and asked me if I was interested in Miami at all. I said that I was and they ended up offering me a little bit later."

Since then, Hood's gotten a chance to learn more about the school through talking to tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio.

"The school's not actually in Miami," he said. "It's a private school outside the city. The way the coach described it, it's not for everyone but a lot of kids love it. It may or may not be the right fit for me but I'm definitely gonna get down there to check it out."

So what does Hood think of the Hurricane program?

"I'm not really sure yet," he said. "All I know is that it's one of those schools you have to check out. I remember them winning national championships when I was younger. I'll go down and see what it's like."

Prior to landing the offer from the Canes, Hood had two schools that were far above the rest of the competition.

"I really like Georgia Tech and Ole Miss," he said. "I'm scheduled to visit Georgia Tech on December 12th. I have a visit scheduled to Ole Miss for November 28th but that's the day our fourth round playoff game would be if we make it that far so I might have to reschedule that one."

Hood said he plans on setting up a visit to Miami soon.

"Those will be three visits that I'll take," he said. "Right now, I don't really have anyone else in mind. Maybe something will pop up later but for now, those are the three I'm looking at."

Hood actually plays tight end in high school but is projected to grow into an offensive lineman at the next level.

"I play tight end but the way we run our offense, I'm pretty much a glorified lineman," he said. "Ole Miss is actually the only school recruiting me as a tight end. Miami and Georgia Tech are both recruiting me as an offensive lineman. It doesn't matter to me what I play. I just wanna find the best school that fits me and where I'll have a good opportunity either way."

So what will Hood be looking for when he takes his three official visits?

"I'll just look at the overall fit," he said. "How will I fit in with the players, the coaches, the University itself. Things like that are what I'll be looking at."

On the field, Hood's been having an excellent senior season playing on both sides of the ball for Knoxville Catholic.

"We're 10-0 right now, we won our division, and we have our first playoff game this week," he said. "It's been a lot of fun. We lost in the second round last year so hopefully we can finish the job and go all the way this season."

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