Sunday, 19 January 2020 22:45

BREAKING: Hood continues family tradition, verbally commits to UNC

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Richmond Senior High School junior quarterback announced his verbal commitment to UNC on Sunday night. Richmond Senior High School junior quarterback announced his verbal commitment to UNC on Sunday night. Photo courtesy of UNC Football.

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School junior quarterback Caleb Hood has announced his verbal commitment to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 6-0, 212-pound signal caller took to his Twitter account Sunday night to make his decision public. He spent the day at UNC on Sunday with several Raider teammates and his family, including younger brother and Raiders wide receiver Kellan Hood.

“First off I just want to thank God for blessing me with the chance to further my education and athletic career at the collegiate level,” Hood’s Tweet read. “I want to thank everyone who has recruited me up to this point and I also want to thank my family and friends for supporting me along the way.

“With that being said I will be continuing my education and athletic career at THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA! #GOHEELS,” the Tweet finished, along with his autograph.

At the time of publication, Hood’s commitment Tweet had 149 retweets and 530 likes.

Hood first received the full-ride scholarship offer in early May from the Tar Heels, as first reported by ROSports. Since then, from what was his first offer, he has also fielded offers from Akron, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina State, UNC-Charlotte, Wake Forest, and most recently, Virginia Tech. He's touted as a three-star recruit.

“I’m extremely excited,” Hood said when asked of the next chapter of his football career. “It’s always been a dream of mine to go to UNC.

“I remember begging my mom to let me go look at the field when I was little after a doctor appointment,” he added.

Hood explained that he has been recruited by head coach Mack Brown and his coaching staff as a quarterback. There is potential for him to move to defensive back, as he's also met with coach Jay Bateman several times, UNC's defensive backs coach.

There is also a personal connection with Hood and the Tar Heels, as his father, Errol Hood, was a three-year starting cornerback for UNC from 1998-2001. While there, Errol Hood led the team in interceptions during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, collecting seven total.

The older Hood also helped secure the Tar Heels’ 16-10 win over Auburn University in the 2001 Peach Bowl, breaking up a pass and snagging his final collegiate interception.

“It’s pretty cool,” Hood said in May of receiving an offer from his dad’s alma mater. “I’ve always been a Carolina fan and wanted to get an offer from them. My brother, Kellan, and I have always tried to compare ourselves to our dad.”

Now he will get the chance to carry on the family tradition in Chapel Hill following his high school graduation in 2021. 

This past season at Richmond, Hood continued his electric high school career and recorded a career-high 2,176 passing yards, while also tying a career-high with 21 passing touchdowns in 14 games.

A dual-threat from under center, Hood set career-highs in rushing yards (976 yards), rushing touchdowns (16) and rushing attempts (214 carries). 

He also helped the Raiders reach the West regional championships for the first time since 2008, and his four rushing scores against Myers Park High School in the third round of the playoffs were a career high. 

Hood threw three passing scores three times as a junior, and led Richmond to its second straight conference title.

At season’s end, Hood was named the Sandhills Athletic Conference’s “Offensive Player of the Year,” while being selected to his third overall team.

ROSports will have more on Hood’s commitment later this week.

Last modified on Sunday, 19 January 2020 23:08

Kyle Pillar

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