March 25, 2008

East TN lineman picks up first offer

The first offer is always a sweet one and Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic two-way lineman Daniel Hood has picked up a big offer with number one. The Auburn Tigers became the first team to officially offer the 6-foot-5 255-pounder and are already high on his list.

"(Knoxville Catholic Defensive Coordinator) Coach Smith gave me a number to call so I called Coach Dunn down at Auburn," Hood said. "He told me he loved my game tape and told me I'd make a really good offensive lineman and a really really good defensive lineman."

With the new offer, Hood hopes to get down to Auburn to see more of the program.

"He wants me to come down to camp this summer and he wanted me to make the intrasquad game. They said they'd get the papers in the mail."

The Auburn offer isn't just exciting because it's his first offer, Hood already had a strong interest in the Auburn program

"Auburn is one of my favorite schools to watch," he said. "I'm a big SEC fan and Tennessee and Auburn are two of my favorite teams to watch. I went down there last year on an unofficial visit to tour the football stadium and stuff. It was a really nice campus. The whole town is built around the college. At all the games everyone is ecstatic."

With the recruiting process still in its infancy for him, Hood has been receiving some attention from other schools as well.

"The two other schools that I have talked to directly are Colorado and Tennessee," he said. "Being a junior right now it's hard for a lot of colleges to get in contact because they can't call me. I'm Getting to one of Tennessee's football practices on Thursday and I'm excited about that too."

Though Hood is being recruited at both offense and defense, he will be adjusting to a new position in 2008.

"I was an offensive tackle last year but I'll be moving to tight end this year," he said. "We don't have a legitimate defensive end position but that's where I'd play in college. In our scheme I play defensive tackle.

"I think what schools have been doing is recruiting me more as an athlete than an individual position. Whichever one they project me better at is which one I'll go do."

No matter what side of the ball Hood lines up on, he thrives off of his competitive mentality in the trenches.

"I see every play as a battle between me and a defensive lineman and I'm not going to lose that battle."



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