Charlotte Catholic High School running back and 4-star prospect Elijah Hood has committed to play for Notre Dame in 2014. It's a great pickup for the Fighting Irish given the vast interest plenty of programs have shown in the star running back.
According to 247Sports, Hood had received offers from Clemson, Duke and Florida State, among several other schools, but he made his decision upon a visit to South Bend.
The four-star running back reportedly said via text (per ESPN):
I'm committing to the University Of Norte Dame!!! [sic]. I'm not taking any interviews at this moment as this is a special moment for me. Thanks for all the help and for following me on my college decision process!! See you guys around!!
Hood totaled 3,309 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns in 2012—a Mecklenburg County record—and chalked up 1,941 yards and 25 touchdowns the year before that (per 247Sports). According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is rated as the No. 50 overall prospect in the nation and the sixth-best player at his position (Athlete). There is no doubt that Notre Dame fans are very happy to have landed him in their class of 2014.
The star running back will join a crowded backfield with the Irish with George Atkinson III, Cam McDaniel, Will Mahone, Greg Bryant and Amir Carlisle all likely to still be on the roster—which could mean that Hood has to bide his time with the program.
However, given the success he's had and his impressive size at 5'11" and 222 pounds, there's little doubting that Hood will find great success between the tackles at the next level.
Marist High (Illinois) tight end Nic Weishar also signed with the Fighting Irish this week, who then tweeted at Hood after his decision to join Notre Dame:
Combined with having multiple players selected in the 2013 NFL draft, receiving Hood's commitment caps off a very strong week for the program, and one they'll hope will hold them in great stead for the 2013 season as well as many years to come.
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