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Hood dazzles during testing at The Opening

Jul 2, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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In one of the recruiting game’s biggest (and newest) stages, Notre Dame running back prospect Elijah Hood put on a show. The five-star Irish commitment was one of the ten finalist selected for the Nike SPARQ finals, televised on ESPNU on Monday night.

Matched up with his prodigious game tape, Hood’s measureables fit the bill when you’re looking for an elite running back with both power and speed.

At six-foot, 221 pounds, Hood put up a more than impressive 4.48 40-yard dash, putting to rest any questions on his top end speed with a blazing electronically timed sprint. With a 36.3-inch vertical leap, Hood showed some explosiveness, and his strength was on display in the “Powerball” segment, where he essentially kneeling chess-passed a weighted medicine ball 42.5 feet.

The seven-on-seven portion of the combine continues today, with several Irish prospects or commitments competing. Let’s run through a few notable names.

DeShone Kizer: The Irish quarterback commitment performed in the Elite 11 competition as well as The Opening. Kizer measured in at 6-foot-4.5, 216-pounds, running a 4.96 forty. caught up with Trent Dilfer, who evaluated Kizer’s camp session, raving about the person and giving constructive criticism about the player.

“DeShone is off the charts in the subjective stuff; the competitive stuff, the trainability,” Dilfer said after Sunday’s session.

“He is struggling with some mechanics that we tried to fix in Columbus (at the Nike Football Training Camp). We have the tools to fix it, he’s just not feeling it yet.”

Dilfer is planning to sit down with Kizer and show him what he’s talking about mechanically on film. The former NFL quarterback believes the source of Kizer’s mechanical flaws is actually a positive.

“It’s because he’s an all-sport athlete, which I love by the way,” said Dilfer. “I love the fact that Notre Dame gets a guy that’s going to get so much better once he gets this cleaned up. He’d be the first to tell you that he’s been inconsistent.”

Justin Brent: It was a very good day for Brent, who was one of the top receivers at The Opening. Brent measured in at 6-1, 197 pounds, and ran a 4.52 forty. When assessing standouts from Day One, said this about Brent, their No. 1 rated receiver for the day:

A rangy, wiry wide receiver, Brent flashed all afternoon on Monday with his ability to stab the football with his hands. He also showed suddenness and separating ability upfield and the size to finish over smaller defenders.

All reports from Day One have Brent as the cream of the wide receiving crop, a good sign for the very early Irish commitment and another data-point that suggests the early evaluation tools of the Irish coaching staff are on point.

  1. kiopta1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Way too many have underrated Brent and in some aspects Hood. But either way ND is landing some amazing athletes with upside. ND is in the running for some other high talent WRs (Lazard, Dupree, Quick, Holmes, Sims, others). I really want to see some elite D talent jump on board. I can’t wait to see the Offense with the Oline we are building and a backfield of Bryant, Folston, And Hood….just beastly.

  2. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Hood put up a 40 time of 4.48 which was 5th fastest time on the day. Really impressive when you consider that he outweighed the 4 who posted faster times. He outweighed two of them by 40 lbs. This kid has some wheels. When you can move 221 lbs that fast, well let’s just say I wouldn’t want to try and tackle him. Would you?

    • papadec - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Not even in my prime!

  3. mattymill - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Bryant, Folston, Hood . . . BK is stockpiling RBs at a rate that would make Lou Holtz proud! Bring back the days of averaging 250 yds on the ground.

    • simmel65 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      Plus they have two great lines coming in to run behind. Going to a power offense, which will probably translate to more yards in the air as teams have to bring more in the box. Future looking bright!

  4. domerboyirish - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Here, let me save everyone a lot of trouble. Since loadofwash has zero mental capacity I figured I’d help him from having to post anything in the future.

    “I think _____________is just another reach. He won’t pan out to anything other than a 3 star player and may play well against the likes of ______________. He will not make it academically and would have better off signing with ________________. Kelly will try and switching over to______________ and he’ll be a bust. You crazy ND fans think you should go to a bowl game ever year but you are living in the past. You’ll be lucky to go to the _____________Bowl next year.”

    Load, feel free to use this form letter for all future posts. I’d hate to see you strain yourself trying to think of something original or creative to say.

    • yogihilt - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Domer, classic! Best troll post of all time

      • domerboyirish - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM


        Also, note the lack of response from Load. HE’s speechless! Probably because I took the words right from his mouth. Now he is just waiting for someone to help him write something new. Good luck Load of cra_!

    • 1historian - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      why wake him up?

  5. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    With so many highly rated players coming in, just by numbers, some of these guys are going to really become excellent players. Any class on any team has guys that don’t pan out. I just can’t wait to see which guys are going to be like James Aldridge and which guys are going to be like Tyler Eifert.

  6. jmfinsd - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Watching College Football Live, they covered The Opening and the SPARQ competition. Elijah Hood – DNF. He had some good events, but apparently didn’t complete. Only one of 10 that didn’t finish. Anyone know why?

    • jmfinsd - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Just answered my own question. Searched the web and found this: “As ESPNU reported, Notre Dame commit Elijah “Roll Toilet” Hood is out of the competition with cramps.” Thankfully not a hamstring or some other fluke injury.

  7. jmfinsd - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Following on the same story, here are Hood’s (finished 10th) best numbers from the SPARQ, with the winner’s (Speedy Noll) numbers immediately below:

    Name Year Pos (ft in) (lb) 40 Shuttle Powerball Vertical SPARQ
    Elijah Hood 2014 RB 6-0.0 221 4.48 4.2 42.5 36.3 133.47
    Speedy Noll 2014 WR 5-10.5 181 4.4 3.94 41 45.3 153.51

    Pretty good considering Hood is carries 40 lbs more than Noll.

  8. fnc111 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Wonder if Kelly will ever get a good QB to come to ND?

    • shaunodame - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      your joking right?

  9. padomer - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    All amazing things about Hood. Truly a specimen. Unrelated, that’s a very impressive vert from Noll…thats like MJ Lebron territory, 45.3?! dang…

  10. mikes1160 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Wonder if fnc111 will ever say anything positive about ND?

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