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    Elijah Hood is the newest Notre Dame commit.

    Notre Dame landed a key piece to its 2014 recruiting class on Sunday, when it received a commitment from Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.) running back Elijah Hood.

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    Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic

    Hood announced his commitment to Notre Dame via Twitter during a trip to South Bend.

    As a junior, Hood was sensational. He led Charlotte Catholic to a 13-2 record by rushing for 3,309 yards and 47 touchdowns, earning MaxPreps All-American honors in the process.

    "There are plenty of good schools close by," Hood told Langston Wertz of the Charlotte Observer, "but there's something about Notre Dame. It's a great place with so much history and tradition. They have stuff I couldn't have dreamed of. They wowed me. They took my breath away at times. I knew it was the place."

    Hood chose Notre Dame over North Carolina and several SEC schools.

    He joins a Fighting Irish recruiting class that features Jay Hayes, Sam Mustipher and Jimmy Byrne, good for No. 6 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings.

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    Hoza Scott is an early commit to Texas A&M.

    With National Signing Day 2013 slowing down, here's a look ahead to some of the nation's top recruiting classes early on for the Class of 2014.

    1. Texas A&M
    Top recruit: LB Hoza Scott

    2. Florida State
    Top recruit: RB Joseph Yearby

    3. Florida
    Top recruit: QB Will Grier

    4. Clemson

    Top recruit: QB Deshaun Watson

    5. Notre Dame
    Top recruit: DL/OL Jay Hayes

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    Jesse Bongiovi's dad knows how to rock. He knows how to win faceoffs for Poly Prep.

    It's refreshing to hear prep athletes credit their parents for their success or at least their work ethic.

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    Jesse Bongiovi

    This one is a gust of fresh air considering the parent is a rock star.

    Total generality here folks, but rockers don't often get credit for being "parent of the year" material largely because they tend to be caught up in their own fame and fortune. But the way Jesse Bongiovi tells it – or he told the New York Post - his dad Jon Bon Jovi taught him the key ingredients to be a successful prep athlete.

    The 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior is a starter on the Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.) lacrosse team and is also a member of the football team.

    "He has an unbelievable commitment that I look up to," Bongiovi said of his father to the Post. "He always (works) hard at the musical stuff. It inspires me to come out here and work hard."

    Like many teens, Bongiovi likes to sleep in on the weekends and he hears about it from his dad.

    "He'll be like, ‘I just ran 5 miles. What did you do today?' … My dad is always a big believer in working hard. If you work hard, you kind of get what you work for."

    Bongiovi, 17, is a junior faceoff specialist for Poly Prep, the defending NYSAISAA champion. According to the Post, he scored his first goal of the season in a 12-6 loss to Fieldston on Friday. He's won 33 of 65 faceoffs this season, including 13-for-17 against Collegiate. He's fielded five ground balls in three matches.

    He said his dad attends most of his games, but Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley have tried to keep Bongiovi and his three siblings out of the spotlight. Or at least dad's spotlight.

    Like the handful of celebrities I've talked to who have athletic children - like Denzel Washington here - the last thing they want is their kids' potential acclaim to be overshadowed by their own fame. But, at least for a while, it comes with the territory.

    Bongiovi has plenty of time to make a name for himself. And by all indications, he's on the right path.
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    Jesse Bongiovi