Daniel Hood, 6-5, 260-pound, defensive end from Knoxville-Catholic, (Tenn.), just keeps…
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Daniel Hood reported, "I'm doing pretty good right now. I think I have had about nine offers now. It's starting to heat up of course spring practice is too. I have offers from Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Stanford and Louisville."
One of the most recent is an offer from Stanford.
"I know their academics are, ‘wow'," Hood said. "It's probably the top school in the nation in education and athletics combined. The overall academics and athletics is probably the most prestigious of any school in the nation."
"I think our coach sent a film to them, and they liked it. They called and said if I had an interest to call back. I'd liked to go visit, but it is in California."
Hood is also receiving from a few ACC schools including Georgia Tech and Florida State.
Hood spoke of what he liked about Florida State, "It is right in the middle of Florida which is a great state to live. They have had really great football teams over the past couple of years. I talked to their offensive line coach, Rick Trickett, and he is a really good coach because he has put a lot of players in the NFL and had a lot of All Americans."
He added, "Bobby Bowden is a prestigious coach, and I think it's safe to say there is no team that was as dominate in the 90s as Florida State."
Hood said of any visits, "I'm hoping so. It's a little bit closer than Stanford, so it's a possibility. We sent in film to Florida also, so I'm hoping to hear from them soon. I hope to be able to visit Florida and Florida State."
Hood also reported receiving interest from another ACC power, Georgia Tech.
Hood said of the Yellow Jackets, "I think their coach runs the same type of offense that our coach does. So if I went to Georgia Tech I would be playing the same position. It's right inside Atlanta, so there are a lot of things to do. I talked to the offensive line coach, and he is excited about the year coming up."
Tennessee has also been after Hood this spring.
He said of Tennessee, "I think Tennessee is a great school, and the coaches are great. It's the only school I think has put an emphasis on family values because they believe that in those tough games a family is going to be together bigger than anything else. They've got a team mom and team chaplain."
Hood was thoroughly impressed with Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer.
He explained, "I don't think you will find a coach that loves his school more than Phil Fulmer. He went through a prospect phase at Tennessee, played at Tennessee, went away and came back, was an assistant offensive line coach, and head coach all at Tennessee. I don't think you will find a coach that loves their school as much as he does."
Staying in the SEC Hood has garnered a lot of interest from another in-state school in Vanderbilt.
Hood commented, "They have been on the rise. Their academics are way up there too. It's just a great school. I have a brother who lives in Nashville, so it would be great to have family nearby. He said he has been to their campus, and it was great."
To pull off a trio of SEC offers Hood boasts an offer from Auburn. Hood really likes the atmosphere at Auburn.
He explained, "I like that it is a community-based town. The community is based around the university. The coaches there are real friendly to me. I just seems like it would be a one of a kind environment."
Hood spoke of his opportunity to attend a game at Auburn.
He said, "We went to a game, and all the fans were getting into it. It wasn't like an NFL game where people were sitting down watching the game. They were standing up the whole time."
Another up and coming program that is after Hood is Western Kentucky.
He said of the Hilltoppers, "I really don't know much about them. The way I got offered by them was unexpected because we really have not talked to them."
To cap things off Hood spoke of his offer from Louisville, "Another great academic school, and they were ranked in the top 10 two years ago."
Hood plans to have a busy spring and said, "I have had Rick Trickett, from Florida State come through yesterday and there was a guy from Virginia Tech."
"I think my letter from Auburn said they would be here on Monday. I think the Tennessee coaches are coming, and the coaches from Georgia Tech are going to stop by. Ole Miss is going to try stop by, Colorado is going to make it, and Louisville is going to make it I believe."
Showing an unselfish attitude he said of the visitors, "This is good because we can get the name of some of our other players out there too."
As far as a commitment time-table he commented, "Not really. I was planning on getting to these different colleges and seeing what my gut feeling was about it. Usually your first impressions are probably the right ones."
He also commented, "The school I feel comfortable with is when I will make my decision."
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