Knoxville (Catholic) prospect Daniel Hood could be headed to his choice of almost half the schools in the Southeastern Conference this weekend, but his planned destination is Oxford, Miss.
With offers from the likes of Auburn and Tennessee in the SEC and a host of others including ACC schools Georgia Tech and Florida State and nationally from UCLA and Stanford, Hood has an impressive list of suitors.
However, the 6-foot-5, 255 pound athlete is headed to Ole Miss thanks to the work of Rebel offensive coordinator Kent Austin.
Austin, who recruits eastern Tennessee for Ole Miss, is turning into an atypical offensive coordinator when it comes to recruiting. He’s already responsible for two of the Rebels’ five commitments – quarterback Clayton Moore and Morristown, Tenn. linebacker Demarcus Knight. While many offensive coordinators tend to recruit mostly quarterbacks and otherwise shy away from recruiting, Austin is apparently embracing it during his first season as a college coach.
“Coach Austin is a great man, the way he sounds to me,” Hood said on Tuesday evening. “We’ve had three or four conversations and I think the shortest one was 40 minutes.”