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ESPN 300 RB Elijah Hood picks UNC

8/27/2013

ESPN 300 running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) has only been back on the market for a short while after decommitting from Notre Dame.

Apparently, he didn't like that much. On Tuesday evening, Hood committed to North Carolina and head coach Larry Fedora, as first reported by Tom Loy of Carolinablue.com.

Hood's decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. He's been closely looking at and in contact with the North Carolina staff even before he separated himself from the Irish commitment list.

The draw of staying close to home, at a place where his family could closely follow his career, was too much to overcome.

Now the Tar Heels have a signature tailback in their class that really could have used one. Hood, a four-star prospect, is North Carolina's fourth for 2014 and 21st overall.

At 6-foot, 221 pounds, Hood has some deceptive speed to go along with a punch, according to ESPN's scouts. He's compact and balanced allowing for positive momentum and stability when carrying the football.

Hood isn't quite complete, yet, the scouts say, but not many high school prospects are just yet. Vision is one key area the scouts say he must work on at the next level, but as long as he heads north and south, he will get his yards.

In Fedora's spread-friendly offense, Hood will give some more steel to the Heel's attack. And for that matter, a guy who can carry the ball frequently and throughout games.

Hood is ESPN's No. 47 prospect overall in the country and the seventh-highest rated running back.