Originally written August 20, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
First, it was highly touted 2013 DT recruit Eddie Vanderdoes, who changed his commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA. Now, 2014 RB recruit Elijah Hood (4-star – ESPN, 5-star Rivals.com) has apparently changed his mind about playing for the Irish as well. Speculation quickly turned to certainty when Hood acknowledged the change earlier today with this message: It’s fairly evident that North Carolina will be the benefactor of Hood’s change. You can’t really fault the kid for wanting to stay close to family, just like you couldn’t fault Vanderdoes for the same reason. Decommits are extremely tough on a coaching staff. They put a lot of effort into convincing these young men to attend their universities and play for their programs (and not always in that order). The biggest difference between Hood’s situation and Vanderdoes is that at least Hood’s decision allows the coaching staff to try an pursue other players before National Signing day is over. So how can Notre Dame replace him in the 2014 recruiting class? It won’t be easy, but there are options out there. And it begins with the #1 overall RB recruit, Leonard Fournette out of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA. Fournette is a big back, weighing in at 226 lbs, but has speed as well as power. He might not be the best fit for head coach Brian Kelly’s spread offense, though. He also won’t be easy to land, being pursued by the likes of LSU, Alabama, and Florida State, just to name a few. Larry Fournette would be an appealing option to replace Elijah Hood. But the Irish will face stiff competition for him. After Fournette, the pickings get a little slim (by Notre Dame standards), based on who they’ve contacted thus far. There’s the #30 overall RB Nathan Starks (Englewood, CO), #67 ranked Kurt Scoby (Monrovia, CA), and #82 ranked Ashton Jackson (Dayton, OH). But do the Irish even need to purse another running back in 2014? As the it stands now, they have seven backs on the roster, and only George Atkinson III (JR.) and Tyler Plantz (SR.) have a chance to be gone in 2014 (Atkinson potentially to the NFL, Plantz – a career back-up, will graduate). That also includes last year’s #2 overall running back Greg Bryant. But, if the staff believes that have a reasonable shot to woo Fournette to South Bend, you better believe they’ll jump at the chance. So while the loss of Hood will sting the egos of coaches and fans alike for awhile, it won’t be the end of the world. The running back position will still be in good hands. Follow me on Twitter @IrishColt1  
PLAYERS: Tyler Plantz

Report: Carson Palmer's nerve injury 'still lingering'

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision, will learn from it

Tiger Woods to open restaurant in Florida next year

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'


Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

What will the A’s Look Like in 2015?

Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Disappointment Team

Jeter introduces 'The Players Tribune,' 'The Voice of the Game'

Grading each NFL's team's play at quarter-season mark

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Fighting Irish News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.