BREAKING: Massive 6-foot-8 OT Jacob Hood chooses Georgia

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Three-star offensive line commit Jacob Hood committed to Georgia on Monday.

Jacob Hood has so many stories to tell.

He’s been playing football since he was five years old. The 6-foot-8 OT prospect out of Tennessee now weighs around the 335-pound mark, but he has lost about 80-90 pounds of weight during his prep carer.

“It felt like home,” Hood said.

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Jacob Hood: What this addition means

Hood now becomes the 16th commitment for the Bulldogs in the 2022 cycle. This decision now moves the Bulldogs into the No. 3 overall sports on the 247Sports Team Composite recruiting rankings for this cycle.

He’s the second commitment from the state of Tennessee (he joins 4-star RB Jordan James) and the second OL prospect in this class. That’s a feat in itself. The Bulldogs signed 11 offensive line prospects between the 2020 and 2021 classes, including seven Bulldogs who were named an All-American Bowl or an Under Armour All-American Game selection.

It was going to be tough for UGA to add that level of talent it had grown accustomed to signing over the past 2-3 years.

To be clear, Hood does become the largest member of the 2022 class. The Hillsboro High School senior ranks as the nation’s No. 39 OT and the No. 388 overall prospect for 2022 on the 247Sports Composite ratings.

The Nashville metro area resident took his official visit back in June and had a splendid time. That was the catalyst behind this decision. He said he knew then.

“Had a good feeling after my official visit,” he told DawgNation on Monday.

The quick need-to-know file on Hood goes like this:

  • He’s been measured with an 87-inch wingspan and wears a size-18 cleat.
  • His family is made up of a lot of Georgia Bulldog fans. His cousin is actually a UGA graduate, he said. So he has long been well-briefed on Georgia’s history and traditions. His aunt, Trel, lives in Fayetteville. “Georgia is like my second home state,” he said this summer. “I’ve been to Georgia more than any other state outside of my home state.”
  • His final seven also included the likes of Auburn, Eastern Kentucky, Florida, LSU, Miami and Ole Miss. Hood also took official visits to Auburn, Georgia and Miami.
  • Those that know him very well call him “Suga Bear.”

Eddie Gordon and Matt Luke singled out the mental fortitude it took for Hood to drop a significant amount of weight during his high school career. Maybe the term “significant” undersells it.

It was a 90-pound weight loss, he said.

“Coach Luke said he really liked how I can maintain my size and how I would look on the field,” Hood said earlier this summer. “I can maintain my size. I went through a long weight loss journey. He said that proved that I am disciplined and the things I really need to handle. Just how disciplined I was. That was one of the things that really stood out to coach Luke with how disciplined and focused I was to achieve that goal.”

He described how he dropped from 420 pounds to 330 pounds over the course of four months.

“It was hard,” Hood said. “There were times I wanted to give it up but I knew that was a goal I had to hit. To be what I wanted to be, I had to focus down and really think about what I really wanted. It was hard.”

That weight loss challenge took place at the start of his junior year.

“I had to cut out a lot of things,” Hood said. “At first, I had to start reading the things they put on the foods. The amount of fat they put in the food. The ingredients. I would never read the label. I would just eat. I started reading all the labels, drinking a lot more water, cutting a lot of junk food and sodas and stuff out and getting more sleep. That really helped me a lot.”

“When you’re sleeping, you obviously can’t eat while you are asleep. That really helped me out a lot.”

That’s a prime reason why he’s interested in sports science and sports medicine. Hood plans to major in those disciplines in college.

Check out his junior season at Hillsboro High in Nashville below.

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