2014 Intro: Elijah Hood

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina was one of the first schools to offer Elijah Hood, a 6-foot, 209-pound tailback from Charlotte Catholic.

Scouting Report

"He's instinctual, he's very powerful – he breaks tackles, he has speed – I don't think he has been caught from behind, and he's tough," Charlotte Catholic head football coach Jim Oddo said. "He has everything. Physically, he already has the body as a sophomore. He's probably the strongest kid on the team as a sophomore. And he's a good student."

Prep Career

As a freshman, Hood was promoted to varsity during Catholic's 2010 playoff run. He then became a full-time starter at fullback in Catholic's wing-T offense the following season.

"Our fullback is a huge part of our offense," Oddo said. "Usually [Hood] is running between the tackles most of the time and our tailbacks are running sweeps. But he's such an athlete that we need to figure out how to get him in space, because he's so dangerous."

Hood concluded his sophomore campaign with 1,889 yards and 34 touchdowns on 168 rushes (11.24 average), while Catholic posted a 13-1 record.

"To be honest with you, we pull our kids if we're ahead two or three touchdowns because we're not concerned with stats so much," Oddo said. "If we turned him loose, he would have done some phenomenal things. And if you have to take into consideration when it's third-and-one, he's getting the ball and running right into the teeth of the defense and still came out with a 11-yard average."

Recruitment

Only two schools have offered Hood (East Carolina and North Carolina), but he's receiving interest from every school in the region. The schools recruiting him the hardest are Clemson, ECU, UNC, and Notre Dame.

"He's going to be a high D-1 [prospect]," said Oddo, who has been Catholic's head coach for 38 seasons.

Gunter Brewer is recruiting Hood for UNC.

"[UNC] called up and wanted us to bring him down to a basketball game, but we couldn't work it out," Oddo said. "They're definitely interested."

Hood, who has an aunt that graduated from UNC and grew up a Tar Heel fan, did make a visit to Chapel Hill in January. He attended the basketball game against Georgia Tech.

"I talked to [Larry Fedora] – I talked to the whole coaching staff when I took my visit up there," Hood said. "I saw the [basketball] game. I got to see the facilities and where the players eat and hang out between classes. I got to see their schedule and what they do for each position player."

The aforementioned visit was Hood's first recruiting trip to UNC. He had previously visited the campus for a track meet.

Besides UNC, Hood has also visited Clemson and South Carolina.

Hood doesn't have any upcoming recruiting visits scheduled, but plans to camp at several schools this summer.

"There are some schools sticking out to me, but it's still kind of early to make any final decisions," Hood said. "I'm still trying to get a hang of the recruiting process."

Clemson, UNC, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech are the schools, Hood said, that are "sticking out."

"Some of the schools, it's the locations and the education," Hood said. "Some schools I might get better playing time – I kind of want some good playing time. I've been to the campuses of some of the schools and I really like their campus."

Hood has a lot of connections to Notre Dame. His father is close to several alumni and former teammate Mark Harrell signed with the Fighting Irish last February.

"[Harrell] is just telling me it's a great place to go and he'd take me up there if I need to visit," Hood said. "He's just supporting me."

Extra Notes

Hood's father played football at Catholic under Oddo… Hood is also part of Catholic's track team participating in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. His personal best times are 11 and 23 seconds in the 100 and 200, respectively… At the Nike Combine held in March, Hood posted the third best SPARQ rating (99.21) among 1,335 participants. He clocked the combine's fastest 40-yard dash (4.55 seconds) and a 4.53-second 20-yard shuttle. He also recorded a 33.2-inch vertical and had the 19th furthest power throw (37.5 feet).

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