Notre Dame’s recruiting class of 2014 took a big hit on Tuesday when one of its cornerstone pieces – 5 star running back Elijah Hood – decommitted from the Golden Army ’14. Hood, one of the highest rated recruits is a huge loss for the Irish, but with six months until Signing Day, Brian Kelly and his staff will have time to make up for the loss.
Hood was the second 5-star running back in as many years to commit to Notre Dame when he picked the Irish back in April before flushing recruiting letter from Alabama down the toilet and posting a video of it on Twitter. Since then he has been a vocal member of the Golden Army ’14.
Several reports have indicated that Hood is not just reconsidering his college decision, but that Notre Dame no longer appears to be an option for the talented North Carolina native.
Notre Dame has a deep stable of running backs on the roster with a lot of remaining eligibility which should also help mitigate the loss of Hood from this year’s class and it’s likely Kelly and his staff will have enough time to add another back to the class but make no mistake about it, this was a huge loss for Notre Dame.
Hood is an elite talent and while Notre Dame might be able to add another running back to this year’s class, it’s unlikely they will be able to add one of Hood’s caliber at this stage of the game.
Early indicators are that Hood’s home state North Carolina is the early leader to land Hood’s commitment now that he has decommitted from Notre Dame.
Hood is the second 5-star recruit to commit to Notre Dame in the last two years only to decommit or not enroll at the University joining Eddie Vanderdoes from the class of 2013. Hood is also the first decommitment for the class of 2014 for Notre Dame.