The SEC season might start this weekend – or Thursday if you are a Tennessee fan – but coaches are still picking up commitments from the class of 2022 players as they look to build out the future of their programs.
By Steve Wright
Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs are the latest to pick up one such player, with the MASSIVE offensive tackle Jacob Hood committing to play his college football in Athens.
Hood – a 6-foot-8, 330-pound absolute mountain of a man out of Hillsboro (Nashville, TN) High School – selected the Bulldogs over finalists including Auburn, Miami, Arizona State, and Baylor. Hood is rated by the 247Sports Composite Rankings as being the No. 388 player in the class nationally, the No. 39 offensive tackle, and as the No. 13 player in the state of Tennessee. He is known for his size and strength, with his long frame and length creating a natural advantage that will only become more pronounced when Hood spends time in a college strength and conditioning program.
In the video below you can see Hood playing and the old adage of a man among boys immediately springs to mind. Hood is a powerful, powerful athlete. He actually weighed over 420 pounds at one point in his high school and has lost 90 pounds in a bid to make himself a better football player and more prized as a college recruit. If Hood locks on to a defensive lineman and gets his arms extended the play is over. His reach is so long and his arms so strong that he can drive block even the best defenders halfway down the field by getting them off balance. There are multiple plays on the video where Hood dominates the – admittedly not top-line competition – in both the run and the pass game while showing mobility that might not be expected from someone so massive. Hood – if developed properly – is a multi-year starter on the Bulldogs’ line.