The offers keep rolling in for 2009 four-star prospect Jon Hood of Madisonville (Ky.) Madisonville North High School. And one of those offers came with a unique presentation.
"Coach Pearl offered me down on the field during the Tennessee, Southern Miss game," said Hood, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard. "He talked about energy for Tennessee, and there is nothing like the energy of 107,000 screaming Tennessee fans."
Hood also received an offer over the telephone on Monday from Cincinnati. And his home state school Kentucky extended an offer over the phone to his dad, but Hood isn't counting that one until it is presented to him personally.
"What I think is that the offer needs to come from the head coach to me personally either on the phone or face to face," said Hood. "Coach Cox watched me work out and said he was very impressed, and the next day Coach Gillispie said he was impressed with me. Then he talked with my dad some and said he was coming down here Friday."
Expect the offer to become official in Hood's mind on Friday.
Coach Gillispie, however, isn't the only coach making his way to Madisonville this weekend. Georgia Tech watched Hood workout Monday. Florida is coming on Thursday. And Hood expects to see Duke and Ole Miss in October.
As for Hood's travels, he has already unofficially visited Georgia and Tennessee. Ole Miss, one of the first high-major schools along with Georgia to offer Hood, gets a visit this weekend. And Hood will visit both Florida and Kentucky in October. Which one of these schools will get the Midnight Madness visit appears to be up in the air at the moment.
Once favoring Georgia and Ole Miss primarily because they were the first to offer, Hood now is working without any favorites.
"Actually I don't have any favorites right now," he said. "I'm just letting the information come in and then compare it. I probably won't have a decision until this time next year or a little sooner."
As for the intense recruiting interest, Hood, the No. 39 ranked prospect in the class of 2009, said it hasn't gotten out of control, at least not yet.
"It hasn't gotten overwhelming yet, but I hear it is going to. I'm just trying to stay level headed and humble."
Jon Hood scouting report:
Versatility is Hood's greatest attribute. Lanky and athletic, he has the all around skill base to effectively play every perimeter position. Very good off the bounce and with the length to cause trouble on the defensivel end, Hood mainly needs to gain strength to improve his game.