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Irish lose top 2014 recruit

Notre Dame lost the top prospect from its 2014 recruiting class.

Elijah Hood, a 5-foot-11, 224-pound running back from Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic, decommitted Tuesday.

Hood posted a picture of a statement on his Twitter account, that read, “I am de-committing from the University of Notre Dame. I have a lot of respect for the University of Notre Dame and its coaches. I specifically want to acknowledge (running backs coach) Tony Alford, whom I dearly admire and regret to infor of my decision.

“Over the past couple of months, I have put much thought into the things that are important. What is most important to me is family – especially my parents and grandparents. They have personally been with me through all my life’s accomplishments. Now as a teenager, I am still learning what it means to become an adult. Making difficult decisions that are important to me is part of this process. This decision has nothing to do with football or academics. This decision has everything to do about my family.

“I am deeply blessed to have the opportunities given to me. I am also excited to move forward with the next phase of my life and becoming an adult. However, going forward, the importance of family will never waiver in my decisions.

“I am eternally grateful to my family for their support in this decision.”

Blue & Gold Illustrated first reported Hood’s decision.

Hood led a group of four Irish commits in Rivals.com’s top 100 prospect list, which was released Monday. The five-star prospect was the No. 14 recruit, according to Rivals.com.

Hood is ranked the No. 76 recruit and No. 7 running back in the nation by 247Sports.

With Hood no longer part of the class, offensive lineman Quinton Nelson is the highest rated prospect. He checked in at No. 19 in Rivals.com top 100.

Other Notre Dame recruits in the top 100 are offensive lineman Alex Bars at No. 36 and receiver Justin Brent at No. 74.

2014 Notre Dame oral commitments

Alex Bars, OL, 6-6, 290, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tenn.

Grant Blakenship, DE, 6-5, 230, The Colony, The Colony, Texas

Justin Bonner, LB, 6-3, 253, Parkway Central, Chesterfield, Mo.

Justin Brent, WR, 6-3, 193, Speedway, Indianapolis

Jimmy Byrne, OL, 6-4, 275, St. Ignatius, Cleveland

Matt Dickerson, DE, 6-5, 260, Junipero Serra, San Mateo, Calif.

Jay Hayes, DT, 6-5, 270, Poly Prep, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Cory Holmes, WR, 6-2, 174, St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DeShone Kizer, QB, 6-4, 205, Central Catholic, Toledo, Ohio

Greer Martini, LB, 6-3, 230, Woodberry Forest, Woodberry Forest, Va.

Sam Mustipher, OL, 6-4, 286, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Olney, Md.

Quenton Nelson, OL, 6-5, 282, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, N.J.

Tyler Newsome, K/P, 6-3, 190, Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ga.

Andrew Trumbetti, DE, 6-5, 249, Demarest, Demarest, N.J.

Richard Yeargin III, LB, 6-4, 225, University School of Nova South, Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Nic Weishar, TE, 6-5, 215, Marist, Midlothian, Ill.

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