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Report: Tar Heels’ Elijah Hood to go pro

By  January 6, 2017

With their star quarterback’s decision to leave school for the NFL still up in the air, North Carolina Tar Heels fans got another dose of potentially bad news Thursday. Reports surfaced that stud running back Elijah Hood will go to the NFL.

Hood, a junior from Charlotte, racked up 858 yards and eight TDs this year on just 145 carries. On his career he’s rushed for 2,580 yards and 29 scores. Last year’s campaign in 2015 was a monster one for Hood when he carried 219 times for 1,463 and 17 TDs.

The Tar Heels will clearly suffer if both Hood and Trubisky go pro. UNC does have freshman Jordon Brown who scored his first touchdown of the season against Stanford, noted Fansided’s Zach Pearson. They also have two running back recruits in their 2017 class.

Trubisky’s case has been one of silence and mystery. According to The News-Herald’s Mark Podolski, not even Trubisky’s loved ones know what he’s up to:

His high school coach hasn’t heard a thing.

Nor has a former Mentor and current college teammate.

Even his family is waiting to find out the big decision.

That decision is if North Carolina quarterback and Mentor graduate Mitch Trubisky is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft or returning for his senior season in Chapel Hill, N.C.

If he declares, Trubisky could be the No. 1 QB selected, possibly No. 1 overall to the Browns.

Many draft experts, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. have Trubisky rated as the No. 1 QB for the 2017 draft.

If he stays at UNC, he could solidify himself as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and possibly contend for the Heisman Trophy.

All of that is in limbo, as Trubisky has yet to decide. As for his decision, he isn’t letting on to anyone.

Said Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno: “I haven’t heard anything.”

UNC teammate and fellow Mentor grad Brandon Fritts doesn’t know which way Trubisky is leaning.

“I know he’s staying quiet about it,” said Fritts

Podolski mentioned that Trubisky’s father said a decision is expected by the end of the week for the quarterback. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 16

Whatever does happen, the folks in Chapel Hill can’t be too pleased these days.


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