5-star running back recruit Elijah Hood has de-committed from Notre Dame, he confirmed in a statement on his twitter page Tuesday. The news was first reported by Blue & Gold Illustrated and 247sports.
Hood is regarded as the top prospect for the incoming class of 2014. He has not only been committed to Notre Dame but also very vocal about it since choosing the Irish back in April. Hood has gone as far as to even post video of him flushing recruiting letters from Alabama down the toilet.
Hood is from Charlotte, NC and a desire to be closer to home is a factor in the change for the blue chip prospect.
Home state North Carolina is expected to be back in the mix.
Hood's commitment to any school does not become official until National Signing Day in February.
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly can't comment on any recruit until after a letter of intent is signed.
In his statement released on twitter Hood said " I am de-committing 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."
Hood continued, "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."