Top 2014 RB Elijah Hood Names Notre Dame his Leader

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Notre Dame added the nation’s No. 2 running back recruit, Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fl.
American Heritage-Boca-Delray) this year and are in the driver’s seat to add another blue-chip running back in 2014.

Elijah Hood (Charlotte, Nc. Charlotte Catholic) lists the Fighting Irish at the top of his list of finalists over North Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Michigan, according to Scout.com’s Michael Clark.

If Notre Dame is able to maintain their spot in the driver’s seat for the 6-0, 210-pound Hood, then the backfield for the Irish could feature one of the youngest and better duos in college football. Bryant figures to be the featured running back this year as a true freshman with Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick moving on and the 5-11, 200-pounder could challenge for 1,000 yards out of the gate.

Hood is one of the most productive high school running backs in the nation over the past two seasons having amassed 5,291 yards and 83 touchdowns with 3,309 and 48 coming as a junior. Make sure you draft Hood for your high school fantasy football team with that kind of ridiculous production on the football field.

Relationships are a crucial factor in the recruiting process and Hood’s bond with running backs coach, Tony Alford combined with last season’s success are the primary reasons why Notre Dame is currently in the lead for Hood. Having said that, being in the lead for a 2014 recruit in mid-February is not the same as being in the lead approaching signing day, and they shouldn’t get too comfortable with their current position.

One of the biggest reasons why I don’t think they should get too comfortable is because Urban Meyer is the best closer in college football recruiting and has flipped a number of recruits in his career and will no doubt creep up Hood’s list of schools over the next few months on the recruiting trail. Ohio State signed No. 11 running back, Ezekial Elliott this year and could team up with him in Columbus if Ohio State has another season like they did in 2012 when they went 12-0.

You can never rule out the local teams UNC and Clemson, but their programs pale in comparison when talking about Notre Dame and Ohio State and while Hood says he doesn’t want this process to be any longer than it needs to be, I think his decision will come down to those two schools and even if he commits to Notre Dame, you better believe Meyer will continue recruiting him until he signs his letter of intent.

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