Hood Getting Close, Again

MINT HILL, N.C. --- Elijah Hood is once again approaching the point of making a verbal commitment.

"I think I'm getting close again, but I'm not sure," Hood said. "I'm pretty close."

Although he doesn't have an official favorite schools list and hasn't eliminated any school, Hood admits that his focus is on North Carolina and Notre Dame.

"I think it's primarily those two for the most part," Hood said. "I like both programs. It just comes down to which one I feel I belong to. I don't know which one that is, yet."

Hood is scheduled to revisit Notre Dame next week with his family. While nothing has been set up, he's considering an overnight visit to UNC at the advice of fellow Charlotte native Bentley Spain, who made a similar trip.

Noticeably flustered with the recruiting process, Hood hasn't completely ruled out making a decision during his visit to South Bend.

"I don't know if I'm going to visit anywhere (besides UNC and Notre Dame), actually," Hood said. "There are other schools that I'm kind of interested in, but I don't know if I'm going to actually go down and see them."

"It depends on how that (Notre Dame) visit goes."

Never shy about competing, Hood participated in the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Rocky River High School on Saturday. Although he churned out one of the day's better performances, Hood was markedly disappointed with his showing.

"Maybe I'm just having an off day," Hood said. "I wasn't really prepared, because I didn't know we were running on a track so I had to run [the 40-yard dash] in my tennis shoes. I'll take the time, but I knew it would be hand-timed so it's supposed to be faster [than an electric-timed 40-yard dash]. I'm a really tough critic of myself. I didn't really like my performance today. It might have been good enough, but I wanted better."

Despite his disappointment, Hood's 4.51-second 40-yard dash time was second fastest among running backs. Furthermore, he weighed in at 45 pounds heavier than the running back that clocked the fastest time. Hood, who checked in a 5-foot-11 ¾ and 218 pounds, also had the combine's third best vertical jump (37.7 inches).

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