Georgia coach Mark Richt was generous with his terms on cutting loose Dexter Moody. Richt confirmed with the AJC that the prized prospect who signed with UGA last month was given an “unconditional” release. There are no strings attached, which means Moody could end up playing against Bulldogs in the future.
“You always want the best for people. If it doesn’t work out for someone here at Georgia, then you want them to be successful somewhere else,” Richt told the AJC on Wednesday evening. Richt declined to comment specifically on Moody, citing NCAA rules.
Unconditional releases are unpopular across the college football landscape these days. Miami quarterback Robert Marve was granted permission to transfer from the Hurricanes, as long as he didn’t suit up for a teams in the SEC, ACC and state of Florida. Later Miami eased up a little on the restrictions, saying Marve could play anywhere except for ACC members, along with Florida, LSU and Tennessee.
Moody, the star-studded linebacker recruit from Emanuel County Institute, has no restrictions. He can play anywhere he wants, even against UGA. He told the AJC’s Chip Towers that he could end up at “maybe Central Michigan or Florida.” Moody and his ECI teammate Washaun Ealey signed with Georgia together last month. Now, after an unusual turn of events, Moody could end up tackling his high school buddy at the collegiate level.
Also on Wednesday, the AJC’s Tim Tucker reported that internal UGA documents, obtained under open-records laws, confirm that Moody was released from his letter of intent because of an incident at ECI. Georgia assistant athletics director Glada Horvat wrote to David Graves, UGA’s senior associate director of admissions, in a Monday e-mail: “We are releasing Dexter Moody from his letter of intent today. Apparently there was some altercation at the school.”