BEAVERTON, Ore. – Elijah Hood came to The Opening at Nike Headquarters here this week to compete and the 2014 Notre Dame running back commit did exactly that, helping his Field Generals squad claim the event’s 7-on-7 championship.
“I’m pumped,” said Hood, who also reached the top 10 in the SPARQ Rating National Championship. “This is what I do, I compete. It was great.”
After spending time with several Notre Dame commits in South Bend a couple weeks ago, he had the chance to reconnect with fellow pledges DeShone Kizer, Justin Brent and Quenton Nelson here.
“It’s always been great,” Hood said. “The whole week it’s been great hanging out, getting to know my fellas. We’re going to have a great time at ND. I just want to keep making plays like I did out there, keep trying to do that and just put in the work and get the results like now. It’s going to be great. That’s all I can ask.”
Hood believes the early groundwork is being laid to have a solid class.
“I think we’ve got a good feel for each other,” he said “You only get to bond after actually going through actual plays and stuff and rooming and living together for a good period. But I think we’re getting a good general feel for each other and that’s always important in keeping guys in the class. We want people to stay in and stick with us.”
The North Carolina product also had the opportunity to speak with some uncommitted prospects about possibly joining the class. While Kizer worked on a number of receivers throughout the week, Hood was focused on the other side of the ball.
“I got a little bit of work in,” Hood said. “I got a little bit on Andrew (Williams), Lorenzo Carter and Thomas Holley. I’ve been trying to really get at the defense recently because we need some defense.”
Hood felt like all of the defensive linemen he talked to had some serious interest.
“I think they feel it a little bit,” he said.
“They always ND when I’m around, so at least they can make that association and feel comfortable enough to mention the school and ND is coming out of their mouths, not anything else.”