Ex-Georgia LB recruit free to play anywhere, even against Bulldogs


Mark Richt gave ex-UGA recruit Dexter Moody an unconditional release (AJC)

Mark Richt gave ex-UGA recruit Dexter Moody an unconditional release (AJC)

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.”

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April 17th, 2009
3:49 am

nice, really nice!

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March 21st, 2009
8:05 pm

Ramble ON:

dude, your jockstrap needs washing again….please


March 21st, 2009
9:50 am

It is good that the school would identify a problem(s) with DM. Do you really believe that his parents did not know he was a problem child? I, like many of you, place the blame for this at the feet of the family. If he was punished at home he would not need to be punished at school and also get his “ship” droped by CMR. Another case of the tail wagging the dog. Doubt these parents were on any PTA boards or student help groups. Same old story just a different part of the state.

Smyrna Man

March 20th, 2009
11:38 am

Phil Fulmer2 blossoming in front of our eyes


March 20th, 2009
12:40 am

Hey JR. I like your idea. I wish UGA could send all the competition far away.


March 19th, 2009
11:15 pm

Do high school players need agents?

1 + 2

March 19th, 2009
8:51 pm

I am a Dawg fan. When CPJ pulled the scholarship of a player that he wanted because the kid looked around, I applauded that decision. If it is okay for recruits to switch at the least minute, then it should be okay for coaches to pull the ships if the kid decides to continue visiting. When a recruit goes back on his word, especially late in the game, that hurts a team’s recruiting class. So, good job CPJ.

In regards to CMR, he also did the right thing. He told both ECI players what was to be expected if they wanted to play for Georgia. One of them did not live up to the conditions, therefore, he was released from his ship. CMR told him about the possible consequences, and CMR followed through. What more can you ask from both CMR and CPJ? Both schools have great coaches/leaders. However, only one (UGA) has a true winner (okay – back to the feud).


March 19th, 2009
6:50 pm

I think the great CMR was grandstanding! I don’t think you can release a kid before he is enrolled and then dictate where he can go. If so, UGA should sign a couple of hundred every year, release them and tell them they have to play Div II.


March 19th, 2009
6:29 pm

Sautee Dawg…TRUE!!!

Actually, I agree with gdawginkalamazoo.

It’s just funny how indignant your fleabags were about CPJ pulling that scholarship, just giving a little back. I may argue, that Richt should have known about this kids character before offering the scholarship.

Hmmm, our Lady Jackets Tennis Team should be kicking some female fleabags in Athens right about now, JUST LIKE FOOTBALL!!!