Carolina connection

In February, ESPN Watch List running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) took visits to Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State -- three programs many felt were at the top of his list.

But after returning home and discussing things with his family, Hood made a major change in his recruitment, one that could help the University of Georgia once again come into North Carolina and poach an elite running back.

"I thought about some things and it just turned out I am focusing on schools closer to home, although I am still looking at Notre Dame," Hood said. "I am going to focus on North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Georgia. I will visit those schools, along with Notre Dame. It is the only school I can look at far away that I can feel 100 percent comfortable with leaving this area to go to."