RB Elijah Hood, WR Trevon Lee top UNC, Duke recruiting classes

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

Both Duke and North Carolina are adding star power in this year’s football recruiting class.

The Tar Heels landed theirs last month, when running back Elijah Hood of Charlotte enrolled in classes for the spring semester.

Duke will officially add its brightest star today when, on the first day of football’s signing period, wide receiver Trevon Lee of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has said he’ll sign with the Blue Devils.

Lee, rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star by Rivals, Scout and 24/7 Sports, has the pass-catching ability to give him a chance to contribute for the Blue Devils this fall.

He committed to Duke on Monday night, picking the Blue Devils over Vanderbilt. He also visited Mississippi and California.

Since Lee is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, he gives Duke coach David Cutcliffe and his staff four four-star recruits in this class. Linebacker Zavier Carmichael of Mobile, Ala., quarterback Nicodem Pierre from Miami and running back Shaun Wilson of Charlotte West Mecklenburg have committed to Duke and will sign today.

Between 2010 and 2013, while building up the talent that has helped Duke go to back-to-back bowl games and post a 10-4 record in 2013, Cutcliffe only signed one four-star player — punter Will Monday.

North Carolina will be getting the state’s AP football player of the year for the second straight season in Hood (6-0, 220), who played at Charlotte Catholic.

Hood was the runner-up for the AP player of the year award in 2012 behind Greensboro’s T.J. Logan, who led all Tar Heel running backs in yards as a freshman last season despite missing the first four games with a knee injury.

Hood led the state in rushing yards with 3,157 as a junior and then ran for 3,690 yards as a senior, the second-best mark in state history. He finished his prep career with a Mecklenburg County-record 8,981 rushing yards and 147 touchdowns, and he ran for three more touchdowns in the Shrine Bowl.

Hood originally committed to Notre Dame but decided he wanted to stay closer to home. The four major recruiting services — Rivals, Scout.com, 247sports.com and ESPN — all place Hood among the top 10 running back recruits in the country, and he’s considered the top prospect in the state by Scout.com.

Hood has an opportunity to play right away this season. The Tar Heels used four running backs last year, including Hillside High product Khris Francis, and three made at least three starts — Logan, senior A.J. Blue and sophomore Romar Morris.

Hood is one of four ESPN four-star Class of 2014 recruits that UNC picked up. He’s joined by tackle Bentley Spain of Charlotte, pocket passer Caleb Henderson of Burke, Va., and guard Josh Allen of Jacksonville, Fla.

Spain (6-6, 285) received the Big 22 Player of the Year Award as the top player in the Charlotte area and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-America game. He was rated as one of the top 16 offensive tackles in the country by all four major recruiting services.

Hood and Spain enrolled at UNC last month, while Henderson (6-4, 217) and Allen (6-2, 285) are expected to sign today.