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Kiffin out on a limb with new recruit
« on: May 07, 2009, 05:07:10 PM »
Kiffin out on a limb with new recruit

So what do you think of Daniel Hood? Have you heard his story? I'll tell it here quickly, and I promise: you will have a strong gut reaction.

Hood is a highly regarded defensive end/tight end prospect who just signed with Lane Kiffin and Tennessee. When Hood was 13, a juvenile court found that he helped rape his 14-year-old cousin.

There you go. Two sentences, summing him up. Enough for you to draw a conclusion.

But wait. We should probably mention that he was 13 then and is 19 now. And that former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer — no prude when it came to off-field misconduct by his players — stopped recruiting him. And that the victim wrote a letter of support for Hood.

According to court records obtained by The Associated Press, Hood and another teenager were charged in 2003 with assaulting a 14-year-old girl. According to the AP, the victim's legs and wrists were tied and her eyes and mouth were covered with duct tape before she was raped at the home of Hood's father.

Court records also said the other teen, Robert Sanico, then 17, took a toilet plunger and penetrated the victim with the handle, which had been covered with cellophane.

Sanico pleaded guilty in adult court to charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape and is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

In juvenile court, Hood was found delinquent and ordered into a rehabilitation program. He was in state custody when he enrolled at Knoxville Catholic High School.