Leader Blues

Friday, February 08, 2008

SPORTS >> Devilsí Hood signs with Arkansas Tech

By JASON KING
Leader sportswriter

Jacksonville senior Cam Hood will go from Red Devil to Wonder Boy this fall when he heads to Arkansas Tech in Russellville as a member of both the Arkansas Tech football and baseball programs.

The full-paid scholarship Hood signed on Wednesday morning in front of family, friends and faculty at the Devilís Den gymnasium is predominately for football, but Tech will be getting two athletes for the price of one with the addition of the multi-sport standout.

Hood (6-0, 200 lbs.) had offers from UAPB, Tennessee Martin and a list of other area schools, but he says he chose Arkansas Tech because of its close location and the campus environment.

Hood made his name in the Jacksonville area as a member of both the varsity football and baseball programs.

He started several games last fall at quarterback and linebacker for the Red Devils, earning All-Conference honors in both his junior and senior years.

He was also named to the Hootensí super-state team his senior year. He will be utilized at safety by ATU coach Steve Mullins when he reports for summer camp.

Hood earned All-Conference for the Devil baseball team as a junior, appearing in the Xtra innings classic at UALR over the summer.

He will finish out his tenure at Jacksonville High School this spring as a starting member of the Larry Burrows-coached Jacksonville baseball Red Devils.