Hood plays big for Tyler

Tyler isn't having a very good season this year, but that doesn't mean they aren't talented and one of their best players this season has been S Maurice Hood (6-0, 185). He isn't the biggest DB out there, but he's a hard-hitting, tackling-machine who has put up big numbers this year and four-year schools are just now starting to take notice...

Hood prepped at Lee (Tyler, Tx.) High School and signed with Stephen F. Austin, but was unable to qualify.

"After I wasn't able to qualify, Tyler was just the best place for me," Hood told JCFootball.com. "I liked the staff here and I felt like I could stay focused on football and school and that would help me get to where I wanted to be."

As a freshman last fall, Hood started every game at free safety for the Apaches, posting over 108 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, 4 sacks and 3 interceptions and this season it's been more of the same with him posting over 90 tackles and 3 interceptions this season.

"I'm a smart player and I can read things quickly and I have the speed to get there to make a play," Hood said. "I like being a leader on the field for my team, making the calls and adjustments in coverage and getting my guys lined up correctly."

On the recruiting front, Hood said he's fine with heading back to Stephen F. Austin, but some bigger schools have come calling so he's not ready to make that call just yet.

"Washington State, TCU and North Texas have all been talking to me," Hood said. "North Texas offered me and they are my one D-1 offer right now and Abilene Christian also offered me.

"I was all set to head back to Stephen F. Austin, but with these other schools recruiting me, I want to keep things open.

"All of the schools want to see my transcripts and make sure when I can get to their school. Most want me to visit in early December, so that's what I'm looking at right now."

Hood is set to finish up his AA degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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