07:06 AM ET 04.29 | After two trips to Notre Dame, Elijah Hood knew where he wanted to start his college football career. The junior running back announced a verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Sunday evening, shortly after returning home from a two-day campus visit with his parents. Hood also visited Notre Dame in February. "Officially committing to The University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish #ND #BlueAndGold," Hood wrote on Twitter. The 5-foot-11, 221-pound prospect from Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic becomes the eighth recruit to commit to Notre Dame's 2014 class, and the first at the running back position. Hood ranks as the No. 12 overall recruit in the 2014 class on Rivals and No. 1 in the athlete category.