A week after de-committing from Notre Dame, Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels on Tuesday night.
The 5-11, 222-pound running back chose North Carolina over the aforementioned Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia and Virginia Tech.
Hood is the the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina, the fifth-rated running
back in the nation, and is ranked 39th overall player for the Class of 2014 according to 247sports.com's composite rankings.
He originally committed to Notre Dame in April, where he aggressively recruited other players to join him in South Bend. But Hood changed his mind last week. Apparently a subpar trip to Notre Dame played a role.
"Something happened the last time he went up there that he didn't like," Hood's father, Vee, cryptically told the Charlotte Observer.
Hood had also said that the long distance from Charlotte to Notre Dame was a deterring factor.
Conversely, proximity certainly helped the Tar Heels' cause.
"It's home. Home is where the heart is," Hood told Inside Carolina. "It's right up the street."
This is a huge pickup for head coach Larry Fedora. While the Tar Heels have put together a nice class - UNC now has the 17th-ranked class nationally per 247Sports.com's composite rankings - they had not had a great deal of success in state. Hood is only UNC's second commitment from a top-10 in-state prospect and its fifth from the top 20.
In his first game of the year last Friday, Hood rushed 37 times for 325 yards and 5 TDs to lead Charlotte Catholic to a victory over Gonzaga High School (D.C).
The last player to de-commit Notre Dame and then commit to North Carolina was Giovani Bernard, now with the Cincinnati Bengals. If Hood comes anywhere close to doing what Bernard did in Chapel Hill, Tar Heel fans have a lot to be excited about.