On the rise: Michigan lands another 4-star LB, gets bump in recruiting rankings
Michigan continues to rise in the recruiting rankings. It received another boost on Monday after landing another big-time linebacker in the 2021 recruiting class.
The Wolverines received a verbal pledge from 6-foot-1, 212-pound linebacker Jaydon Hood. He became the 15th member of Michigan’s recruiting class, which now ranks sixth nationally and is second in the B1G, behind only Ohio State.
Hood’s commitment brings Michigan’s linebacker total up to four during this recruiting cycle. A native of Fort Lauderdale, the four-star linebacker is also the third player out of the state of Florida to pledge.
Below is the commitment video Hood shared on Twitter. Yes, it features the Michigan coaching staff celebrating with cartwheels.
Committed 100%… Go Blue 〽️ @UMichFootball @JayHarbaugh @luc_brian @FBCoachDBrown @247Wolverine @MichOpinion @espn @247Sports @CoachHarriott @TwanRussell @FeetHipsHands @TheCribSouthFLA @EraPrep @Iam_SheaHood @HoodShandon @Shepp42 pic.twitter.com/ycVhFYgd9v
— Jaydon hood (@JaydonHood_7) May 25, 2020
According to 247Sports, Hood ranks as the No. 11 inside linebacker in this year’s recruiting cycle and is one of the top 300 prospects overall, coming in at No. 298. He also cracks the top 50 among Florida prospects at No. 48.
Hood received two dozen offers during the recruiting cycle. He chose Michigan over Alabama, LSU, Miami, Penn State, Minnesota, Texas A&M, South Carolina and several others.
Hood is a three-sport athlete at St. Thomas Aquinas, also participating in track and wrestling. He’s an aggressive linebacker who brings a high level of intensity to the field. He’s good at finding the ball carrier and making open-field tackles.
During his junior season at the high school level, he tallied 75 stops with eight tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s piled up nearly 200 tackles in three seasons, along with 11 sacks.