Elijah Hood committed to Notre Dame back in April. However, the four-star running back reopened his recruitment on Tuesday afternoon.
After rumors began swirling earlier today about 6-foot, 220-pound Hood possibly decommitting from the Irish, he confirmed the news through Twitter.
“For everyone wondering, the answer is yes,” he tweeted. “Now, I’m going to practice.”
After practice, Hood released the following statement on Facebook.
“I am decommitting from the University of Notre Dame. I have a lot of respect for the University of Notre Dame and its coaches. I specifically want 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 am still learning what it means to become an adult. Making difficult decisions that are important to me is part of this 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 family will never waiver in my decisions.
I am eternally grateful to my family for their support in this decision.”
Before committing to Notre Dame, Hood was also seriously considering North Carolina. Ohio State and Michigan also made a strong push for the Charlotte Catholic star.
Hood is the 7th-ranked running back in the country and the 51st-ranked prospect overall.