Elijah Hood almost slipped through Notre Dame’s hands once, but now it seems like the 2014 North Carolina running back is gone for good.
Hood announced on Tuesday that he was no longer committed to Notre Dame.
"I am de-committing from the University of Notre Dame," Hood said in a statement released on Twitter. "I have a lot of respect for the University of Notre Dame and its coaches. I specifically wanted to acknowledge Coach Tony Alford, whom I dearly admire and regret to inform of my decision. Over the past couple of months, I have put much thought into the things that are important. What is most important to me is my family - especially my parents and grandparents. They have personally been with me through all my life's accomplishments. Now as a teenager, I'm still learning what it means to be an adult. Making difficult decisions that are important to me are an important part of that process. This decision has nothing to do with football or academics. This decision has everything to do about my family.
"I am deeply blessed to have the opportunities given to me. I am also excited to move forward with the next phase of my life and becoming an adult. However, going forward, the importance of my family will never waiver in my decisions. I am eternally grateful to my family for their support in this decision."
The 6-foot, 220-pounder from Charlotte Catholic High School offered his commitment to Notre Dame on April 28th. Many expected Hood to commit much sooner than he did. He maintained the Irish were his clear number one for months and that was cemented during a February visit to campus. But after a visit to the University of North Carolina, he said he wanted to stay closer to home and the Tar Heels surged to the front.
A return trip to South Bend in April, this time with his parents, put the Irish back in front and he committed shortly after. Hood was a vocal recruiter for Notre Dame on Twitter and at The Opening in July, but distance has apparently become an issue again, according to the source.
Hood’s decommitment leaves the Irish with 16 current verbals in the Class of 2014 and no running backs. The Irish didn’t seem to be pushing hard for any other running backs, but that’ll likely change soon.