Tennessee standout talks favorites

Mississippi Scout
Posted Aug 11, 2008

Daniel Hood had a busy summer. His last camp experience took place on the campus at the University of Florida.

"I attended Friday Night Lights at the University of Florida," state Daniel Hood. "I enjoyed Florida's campus but I had a bad camp. They measured me at 6' 3". Anyone who has ever met me knows that is not true (laugh). Then I weighed and the person who wrote down my weight wrote me down as twenty pounds lighter. So if Florida is recruiting me by those numbers, I'm in trouble (laugh). We ran a lot of routes that are common in the spread offense at the camp. I have to admit; I was lost. I'm used to an offense that is very run heavy."

On Hood's ride home he stopped by another SEC school.

"I drove through the South Carolina campus on my way home. It was ok but I didn't get that good of a feeling from it."

Did any college campuses stand out to Hood?

"I haven't been to Stanford but I hear it's nice. Ole Miss was one of the best I've seen. Virginia Tech's buildings all look the same. I like the way their campus looks. Florida State had a good one and I love their stadium. Auburn also has an incredible campus."

The recruiting front has been nothing short of busy for the talented Tennessee star.

"Recruiting is going good. I need to sit down with my dad and listen to what schools he likes and then discuss the schools I like. We need to compare notes. Then I will decide where I'm going to take my visits."

Which schools have stayed in contact with Scout.com's #19 TE.

"I've stayed in contact with Ole Miss. I email Kent Austin a lot. I also stay in touch with Auburn. I didn't make it to their campus this summer, but I went the previous summer. Our coach is killing us with two-a-days so I've had to step back from recruiting a bit."

What schools have caught Hood's attention?

"I would say Ole Miss, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Stanford and Colorado are the main schools I'm looking at now but that could change."

What position is Knoxville Catholic standout being recruited to play?

"Most schools are recruiting me to play OL. Auburn told me that I could try OL, DL and TE. Virginia Tech is recruiting me to play DL. Ole Miss is the only school focusing on me playing TE. This year is my first year to play TE and I've always wanted to do it. Ole Miss told me that if TE didn't work out for me they still wanted me because of my athletic ability. I thought that was pretty cool."

Does Hood have a favorite position?

"It's hard to say. I've always wanted to play TE. We'll just have to see how it works out."

What coaches have made an impact with the nationally ranked TE?

"I really like Coach Kent Austin at Ole Miss. Everything you hear about Coach Houston Nutt being a players coach is true. Meeting him in person was amazing. He told my mom that he would make sure I had a 3.0 and that she would get weekly updates on me. He also said if I started missing class, he'd personally wait for me there everyday. He's intense. Coach Austin also told me that Coach Nutt never cusses his players. No one likes being cusses out so I thought that was pretty special."

Does Hood have a timetable on his decision?

"I'm not sure. All the schools are even. I hope to take all my visits but if a school stands out and I know its right for me then I will commit. All of the schools offer me a great opportunity. They have fantastic academics. I need to trim my list with my father. We plan to do that soon. He will be a major factor in my recruitment. He will be 49% of the decision and I will be 51%."

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