Daniel Hood, 6-5, 270 pounds is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state right now. For Hood recruiting can easily become a secondary thought because it's playoff time in Tennessee. He recently commented on the process, "Right now things are at a standstill. I have not wanted to get into it because of the playoffs. I have not talked to any coaches in a couple of weeks now."
Interest has been pouring in from several schools since last winter for Hood. He has fielded offers from over 19 schools including Georgia Tech, Miami, and Ole Miss. Hood reported two new schools beginning to show a little more interest, "We are going to call Vanderbilt and check with them. I spoke with Virginia recently and Miami."
Several players around the state and country are winding down their season and moving towards the recruiting trail, but Hood is not in any hurry. He said of making his decision, "I really have no idea what is going to happen and where I am going to go at this point."
One program that seems to have garnered a lot of interest from Hood is Georgia Tech. He said of the Yellow Jackets, "I talked with their coach and we are still back and forth with them. I may go down there on December 12th, but I am not 100% on that." The Yellow Jackets will have a little help with the Hood recruitment with Yellow Jacket commitment Will Jackson.
Hood commented on his status, "I am 100% wide open" He went on to say, "I hope our season ends on December 6th and I'm hoping to make a bunch of calls and get some visits at the end of December or into January."
As for the playoff run for Hood and his teammates from Knoxville-Catholic everything seems to be going well as they advanced last week from the second round led by some late heroics from Hood. The Irish from Knoxville-Catholic had to have a play late in the game in the second round match up against Andersonville-Anderson County. Fortunately for the Irish Hood was able to make that play. He explained, "It was a designed screen pass to me and our tackle, guard, and center made some incredible blocks. All I had to do was make a stiff arm and it opened for 65 yards."
The play not only sealed victory for the Irish, but it also showed the athletic ability of Hood. He commented, "Somehow I had some speed on that play. My coach was incredibly excited for two reasons. One because it was a touchdown that put us ahead in the game and two because the way I ran down the field at 270 pounds." The quarterfinal match up this week will prove to be a tough test for Hood and his team as they take on the Roadrunners from Knoxville-Austin East. He commented, "It will be an incredibly tough game."