football Edit

Hood impressed by Pac-12 visit

Jaxon Hood took an official visit to Arizona this past weekend even though the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton defensive tackle is still committed to Boston College and the 6-foot-1, 280-pound prospect said he was impressed by what the Wildcats offered.
There seems to be a new vision in Tucson under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff and Hood said it will definitely be something to consider as National Signing Day draws closer.
"Arizona is definitely going to be something special," Hood said. "Their facilities are going to be amazing, the coaches have a great attitude and so do the players. I got a really good vibe from them and they're in my thoughts right now."
Hood, who's been committed to Boston College since early December, said he was especially drawn to the idea of being part of something new at Arizona.
With a revamped coaching staff and a fresh start ahead, Hood said the offer from the Wildcats is something that appeals to him.
Whether it's enough for the Chandler Hamilton standout to switch his commitment is still not known. That determination might not come for a few more weeks.
"They want to be on the front end of something new," Hood said.
"They're changing the culture and they're changing a lot of stuff and they just said to think about how cool it would be to be the first of a new generation of Wildcats and how that would help me out in the future. That was really their pitch."
Next weekend Hood, who finished with 100 tackles and 13 sacks in his senior season, might take a visit to Arizona State but he's still undecided. A visit to Michigan State or Penn State could also happen but nothing has been determined yet.
Hood said he's going to "play it by ear" on when he's going to make his final decision - whether to stick with Boston College or flip to another program - and that it might not happen until National Signing Day.