Class of 2011 Rodney Hood Update

Class of 2011 basketball player Rodney Hood, who plays his high school ball with Meridian High School and his AAU ball with MBA Hoops, talks about his recruitment.

"Florida State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Georgetown, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are recruiting me," said Hood. "I would probably say Alabama is recruiting me the hardest. They always keep in contact with me every week. But all of those schools have offered me as well as a few other schools that don't come to mind right now."

As for his total offers, he doesn't know for sure but said he believes it's around 15.

"I probably have about 15 offers," said Hood.

Having that many offers has an upside and even a little bit of a downside.

"Having so many offers puts pressure on you to perform every night because you want to show why people want you to come to their program," said Hood, "but it also forces you to work hard."

With so many offers on the table, Hood can just about name his school. And he knows what he's looking for in a college.

"I pretty much want to go to a school that plays the style of play that I like, but I also want it to help me become a better man, a better player and help me get to the next level," noted Hood.

There are several schools that fit that criteria.

"Right now, the schools that I am looking at are Florida State, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Marquette and Mississippi State," said Hood, who plays his AAU ball with the MBA Hoops program.

MBA Hoops coach Omhar Carter explained what college coaches like about Hood.

"Rodney Hood is a 6-9 guard," said Carter. "His mid-range game is tremendous. He can pull up and hit the shot whenever he wants to. And he can really run the floor well."

And Rodney is continuing to try to develop his skills.

"I'm just trying to tighten up all of my skills and get more aggressive," said Hood. "And try to get better as an overall player."

And playing for an elite AAU program such as the MBA Hoops is helping him do that.

"In high school I was expected to do more, but since I'm playing with two or three other great players (in AAU ball) it takes a lot of pressure off of me and allows me to relax, calm down and just play ball," said Hood. "I don't have to face double and triple teams every night. I can just play and have fun."

Keep it on for the latest Rodney Hood recruiting news.

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