Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Elijah Hood, the seventh-ranked running back in the country, announced that he was decommitting from Notre Dame, citing family as reason behind the move.
“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,” Hood said on his Twitter account.
“The decision has nothing do to with football or academics. This decision has everything to do about my family,” he added.
As a junior with Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, NC), the 6-foot, 221-pound Hood rushed for a Mecklenburg County-record 3,309 yards and scored 48 touchdowns.
Hood’s father, Vee Hood, told The Charlotte Observer that something happened recently while his son was on an unofficial visit to South Bend, Indiana and that was a big factor in his decision to open things back up.
“Something changed his mind immediately,” Vee Hood said. “He was scared to tell us. I said there’s no need to be scared. It’s his decision. I told him, ‘You’ve got to be happy wherever you choose to go.’
“I know he’s not going to be going to Notre Dame, and I guess that means he’s open to (all colleges) again,” he added.
Hood, who originally chose the Irish over North Carolina, had been considering Georgia and Virginia Tech and held offers from more than 20 programs, including Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Ohio State.