Coveted In-State OL Breaks Down Top Six, New Relationship with Josh Heupel

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Jacob Hood is a massive six-foot-eight, 340-pounds offensive lineman from Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn. Coming out of his junior season, Hood's recruiting stock has continued to soar. He said on his best improvements, "I think from a physical standpoint I really improved. I lost a whole lot of weight. Being able to have higher stamina and move better. It really helped my game overall." 

Now, the coveted mid-state prospect, who holds over 15 Division 1 offers, has cut his list to six, and he discussed each finalist and the new relationship he is building with the Tennessee coaching below. 

Hood's list features Georgia, Baylor, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech. Hood said the decision on narrowing his focus came down to, "me and my coach having a conversation about the schools we think would best fit me. These schools are definitely the top six schools that I can be successful at." 

Hood said on Baylor: I really have a good bond with the coaches. They were one of the first schools to contact me. It is just a really strong bond with them. 

On Georgia Tech: I think the opportunity at Georgia Tech is really amazing. It is a school where I can really focus on my academics and really do something outside of football. I have a great bond with Coach (Brent) Key, and if I choose Georgia Tech, I would really be excited to play for coach Key. 

On Georgia: Georgia's O-Line is one thing that has always stood out to me. Just how amazing it is. That is one thing I want to do when I go to college is be part of an outstanding O-line. I would say I have a pretty strong body with Coach Luke. I talk to Coach Eddie Gordon; we have a pretty good bond too. 

On Mississippi State: Being able to pass protect in their offense. Pass protecting is one of my favorite things to do on the field. I actually talked with my coach, and the way they play, and the way I play, that would be a really good fit for me. The connection and bond with them is definitely building.

On LSU: Baton Rouge is a place I have always wanted to visit since I was growing up. Back when I watched LSU play with Joe Burrow, the offense was amazing. I really like a team that throws the ball. I talk to Austin Thomas, who was previously at Baylor, so we brought that connection over from Baylor to LSU.

On Tennessee, making him a priority under Heupel: He has really kept in contact with me since taking over. I am really curious to see what he does at Tennessee this year. Tennessee has been in recruitment every since Sophomore year. Tee Martin was the first coach I ever talked to, so Tennessee's bond has been building since then. 

On the appeal to stay in-state: I mean, staying in-state and playing where I grew up would be an amazing feeling. To be able to have my family come to all of my games would be the best. 

On what he likes about Josh Heupel: When I first got on the phone with him, he was a chill, nice person. He is easy to get along with. Our bond hit off just like that. 

On fitting into the new offense at Tennessee: He loves my size, how aggressive my hands are, and he loves my footwork. He was watching my film telling me how I would be avery good protector on the outside for his offense. 

Hood said on a commitment timeframe, "I am planning to still keep working through the process. 

He added on commitment factors, "definitely a good bond with the coaches, a good environment, and somewhere that feels like home to me. Just somewhere I can be successful."