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Elijah Hood runs for 261 yards, 4 touchdowns

Charlotte Catholic used their rushing machine to put a damper on South Mecklenburg's homecoming game Friday. Led by premier running back Elijah Hood, the Cougars ran through the Sabres for a 42-6 victory. Hood rushed for 261 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns. Two of Hood's four touchdowns were long runs, including a 66-yarder and a 57-yarder. On both long runs, Hood broke numerous tackles on his way to the end zone. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Pursuing Long Snapper

North Carolina is looking to add a long snapper to its roster prior to the 2014 season. High on the Tar Heel coaching staff’s wish list is Kyle Murphy. “I would be going in as a preferred walk-on and then once I earn my spot as a starting long snapper, they’d put me on scholarship,” Murphy said. “I’m fine with that. I like the concept. It makes me have to work for it.” Prior to the season, UNC put Mack Lloyd on scholarship after he won the starting long snapper job during preseason practice. However, the senior suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Tar Heels’ opener. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Elijah Hood Mid-Season Highlights

2014 North Carolina running back commit Elijah Hood has posted his senior mid-season highlight video. Check out his bruising running style, breakaway speed and see what he has in store for the Tar Heel offense in coming seasons. (Hudl.com)

Linebacker Andre Smith Is UNC's Second Commitment for 2015

Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy inside linebacker Andre Smith committed to North Carolina Tuesday night and gives the Tar Heels two commits from the class of 2015. The 6-0, 225-pound recruit chose UNC over offers from Florida A&M, Samford and Massachusetts. He admits to hearing from the likes of Florida State, Missouri, N.C. State, Missouri, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin lately. (Carolina Blue)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

UNC running back commit Elijah Hood had another monster game Friday, rushing for 294 yards and 5 touchdowns. Fellow UNC running back commit M.J. Stewart accounted for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. And tight end commit Brandon Fritts caught 5 passes for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns. Find out how the rest of North Carolina's football recruits fared in this week's edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Elijah Hood rushes for 294 yards, 5 touchdowns Friday

Senior running back Elijah Hood said his Charlotte Catholic team stayed calm when Olympic scored 14 unanswered points to tie the game late in the first quarter Friday night. Hood had one of his best games of the season despite sitting out much of the second quarter because he got winded, according to Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo. Hood rushed for 294 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. He also had two long touchdown runs negated by penalties. (Charlotte Observer)

Nyheim Hines scores five TDs, rolls up 449 yards in win over Clayton

Nyheim Hines’ fifth touchdown of the night was the fourth straight time Garner had responded to a Clayton score. Hines totaled 449 all-purpose yards on the night. He ran for 207 yards on 31 carries, caught five balls for 89 yards, threw a 45-yards pass and had 108 kick return yards, including a 98-yard kick off return for a touchdown to open the second half. The 5-foot-8, 182-pound junior scored on runs of 18, 22 and 15 yards as well. He also batted down Clayton’s last-ditch Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Braxton Berrios commits to Miami

Leesville Road athlete Braxton Berrios ended the suspense on Saturday afternoon by committing to play football at the University of Miami. Berrios, one of the top-ranked football players in the state, announced his decision during a noon press conference at his high school. (High School OT)

Providence High offensive lineman Bentley Spain is ‘the real deal’

Providence High first year head coach Justin Hardin had heard about a talented Panthers’ offensive lineman before he came to the school. “I knew there was a special tackle here,” he said. That special tackle is Bentley Spain, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior that is committed to play at North Carolina. He is ranked the No. 12 senior offensive tackle in the country and the No. 10 senior recruit in North Carolina by ESPN. Spain was also named last week to the North Carolina roster for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. (Charlotte Observer)

Donell Stanley commits to South Carolina

Donell Stanley is an up-and-coming tackle prospect in the Class of 2014, and he has finally made his much anticipated decision on where he will be taking his talents. The Latta High School Star out of South Carolina will be attending South Carolina. At 6’4”, 327 pounds, Stanley has the prototypical size to play guard. If the Gamecocks hadn’t nabbed him, it’s likely Stanley would have signed with either Alabama, Clemson, or North Carolina. (Bleacher Report)

Six UNC Football Commits Named to Shrine Bowl

Six North Carolina verbal commitments have been named to the 77th Annual Shrine Bowl Roster. The North Carolina Shrine Bowl roster includes wide receiver Josh Cabrera (Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside), linebacker Cayson Collins (Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy), defensive lineman Robert Dinkins (Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic), running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic), kicker Freeman Jones (Bunn (N.C.)), and offensive lineman Bentley Spain (Charlotte (N.C.) Providence). (Inside Carolina)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

2014 UNC linebacker commit Cayson Collins tallied 17 tackles, running back commit Elijah Hood ran for 209 yards and 4 touchdowns, and Austin Proehl caught ten passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns in this weekend's high school football games. Find out how other future Tar Heels performed in this edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Nyheim Hines scores 6 touchdowns

Junior standout Nyheim Hines provided six of Garner’s nine touchdowns on the night. He finished with 250 yards rushing on 22 carries and 97 yards receiving. Hines now has 26 touchdowns on the season. Hines scored three touchdowns in the first half – the last a hard-to-believe one-handed catch on a wheel route in full stride from Brighton Hudson. Hines didn’t miss a step after corralling the ball and raced away for a 79-yard touchdown that put the Trojans up 28-14 with 4 minutes, 54 seconds to play in the first half. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Elijah Hood has another big night

The Cougars’ 41-14 win against Harding on Friday was Catholic’s second straight – a first this season. After opening 2-2, Catholic (4-2, 2-0) is building momentum and confidence behind an offense that cranked out 562 yards, including 520 on the ground. “It was a great night,” said Cougars running back Elijah Hood, a North Carolina recruit who ran for 209 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries. “The offensive line did a great job of giving me holes and I just followed what they gave me.” (Charlotte Observer)

OL Donell Stanley has made his decision

Latta OL Donell Stanley has made his decision on a college and will announce the choice sometime this week or next. The timing is based on when his sister from Connecticut comes home. When she arrives, Stanley will reveal his choice. Stanley is down to USC, Clemson, Alabama and North Carolina. He is not going to a game this Saturday. (Palmetto Sports)

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