Notre Dame nabs two Top 100 recruits for 2014

Elijah Hood and Quenton Nelson pledge to the Irish.
Posted on May 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 2, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — It’s 40 weeks till National Signing Day, but the commitments keep pouring in for Notre Dame.

This week alone, the Irish have secured verbal pledges from two Rivals Top 100 recruits: Five-star running back Elijah Hood (ranked 14th overall) and four-star offensive tackle Quenton Nelson (66th).

Hood, a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder from Charlotte, N.C., visited Notre Dame last weekend and announced his commitment on Twitter shortly after returning home on Sunday, April 28.

“There are plenty of good schools close by,” Hood told The Charlotte Observer. “But there’s something about Notre Dame. It’s a great place with so much history and tradition. They have stuff I couldn’t have dreamed of. They wowed me. They took my breath away at times. I knew it was the place.”

In his junior season, Hood set a Mecklenburg County record with 3,309 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns. He chose Notre Dame over North Carolina, Florida State, USC, Michigan, Ohio State and Stanford.

Hood told The Charlotte Observer he would graduate high school in June 2014 and enroll at Notre Dame shortly after.

A day after he committed, Hood took to Twitter to bring Nelson on board. He picked up on the #QtoND hashtag trend to reach out to the lineman by tweeting messages like: “The Q knows where to be to get the #QtoND” and “Got to get the #QtoND so he can block for me.”

Nelson, a 6-5, 285-pound New Jersey product, announced his commitment late Wednesday night, tweeting “Officially committed to Notre Dame.”

“The campus there is awesome,” Nelson told Irish Illustrated last weekend. “They have the No. 1 business school, which I wanna major in business. And they have a very good offensive line coach that has been in the NFL, that has been everywhere, (offensive line) coach (Harry) Hiestand.”

Nelson makes the third offensive lineman and ninth overall commit of the 2014 class, which has jumped from the No. 8 class on Rivals.com to No. 4 behind Texas, Texas A&M and Florida.

Other Notre Dame commits:

Ÿ Sam Mustipher, four-star offensive lineman, of Olney, Md.

Ÿ Jimmy Byrne, four-star offensive lineman, of Cleveland.

Ÿ Justin Brent, four-star wide receiver, of Indianapolis (Speedway).

Ÿ Jay Hayes, four-star defensive tackle, of Brooklyn, New York City.

Ÿ Andrew Trumbetti, four-star defensive end, of Demarst, N.J.

Ÿ Nic Weishar, three-star tight end, of Midlothian, Ill.

Ÿ Greer Martini, 3-star linebacker, of Woodberry Forest, Va.

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