Ex-UGA LB recruit planning to attend Tennessee’s spring game

UGA's loss could be Tennessee's gain ... if the Volunteers offer and Moody accepts (Tennessee athletics)

UGA's loss could be Tennessee's gain ... if the Volunteers offer, and Moody accepts it (Tennessee athletics)

Georgia coach Mark Richt granted ex-UGA LB recruit Dexter Moody an “unconditional” release, meaning he could play for any school. Moody told the AJC he could end up playing for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Moody said he was invited to Tennessee’s Orange and White game on Saturday by the Volunteers. ”Me and my dad are planning on going up there,” Moody said. “They talked liked they were going to offer me a scholarship. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see. They just want to meet me in person and everything.”

Moody, who earned All-America honors last year at Emanuel County Institute, said he has had contact with several schools, including Florida, Memphis, Central Michigan and Troy, since breaking ties with Georgia last month. Moody said he has been offered by Marshall, and that he is very encouraged by Tennessee’s Lance Thompson, who coaches linebackers for the Volunteers.

“Coach Thompson said they need some linebackers really bad,” Moody said. “I’m definitely very interested in Tennessee. It wouldn’t be bad to go there and be able to play against Georgia every year. That would be something, taking out some of my feelings against the team that released me. I think it would be fun.”

Moody claims he has no hard feelings against Georgia. He said he hasn’t had any contact with the Bulldogs since being informed of his release by UGA assistant Jon Fabris. “We thought Coach Richt might call to talk about everything, but I haven’t heard from anybody else from Georgia. It’s no big deal. I wasn’t worried too much about it. I’m pretty cool with everything. I can sign with any other school that offers me. I guess it will just work out somewhere else for me.”

NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from commenting on prospective student-athletes. Moody spurned offers from Florida and South Carolina, among others, to sign with his homegrown favorite, UGA. He was released by Richt after an incident at school, according to Georgia officials.

Moody is ranked as the nation’s No. 8 outside linebacker by Scout, and No. 17 by Rivals. “I’m excited for [Moody],” said his ECI teammate, Washaun Ealey. “He’s a great player, and hopefully Tennessee or another school will give him a chance.”

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  • 147 comments Add your comment

    Lord of the Lizards

    April 15th, 2009
    3:43 am

    This is the kind of player that belongs at Tenn. Or Miami. I would think it would be harder to get into a Military Prep school than it would UT based on their academic rankings. I’m sure he can relate to UT WildBoyz! Let’s put it this way…He ain’t no Jelani Jenkins!

    JustMyOpinion

    April 15th, 2009
    2:53 am

    I sincerely hope that this is an isolated incident.

    YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

    April 15th, 2009
    2:39 am

    Kid should get used to wearing Orange, its either “Rotten Crotch” and/or Georgia Penal System!

    tyler

    April 15th, 2009
    1:58 am

    I’m very happy he will be attending the O&W game this saturday. Place should be packed with people and I think this kid deserves a second chance.. We will soon see if Kiffin offers him…
    GO VOLS!

    dawgbone

    April 15th, 2009
    1:58 am

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    Jackson

    April 15th, 2009
    1:04 am

    I hope he get’s it together. I strongly doubt he will get into any school anytime soon. A military college or a prep school really needs to screw his head on right. A lot of people in the know have been wary about his prospects of getting into school or staying out of trouble for some time now. When he got released from his LOI from UGA, it wasn’t a shock, sad to say. This is in no way an indictment against Twin City or ECI, but with geography being a major factor, his high school was totally ill prepared in getting Dexter where he needed to be. In simple terms, he didn’t take high school seriously, and his ego has clearly never been checked. He even had some disparaging words after UGA had no choice to but to renege his scholarship, even though it was his well publicized actions that put him where he was. Hopefully, JC, and Washaun fair better, and restore some credibility to ECI, and Twin City.

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    Robert

    April 15th, 2009
    12:13 am

    Seems like they’ll take anyone up in Knoxville. There is a good reason UGA released him (going off on a teacher, flipping her desk and threatening/cussing her). Recruiting thugs like this will be the downfall of Kiffin.

    Gutrake

    April 15th, 2009
    12:12 am

    As a Dawg fan, he has me shaking in my boots. He should realize Richt released him UNCONDITIONALLY and be appreciative for his second chance at being an SEC Div. 1 player. His character will come through soon enough. Then it will be obvious to all.

    MegaT

    April 14th, 2009
    11:35 pm

    Good for this kid. I hope people will give him a second chance. Whoever signs him will probably need to make it very clear that he will be on a short leash for a good while. I hope this kid overcomes his setbacks and turns all of them into a springboard for a bright future in college, wherever that may be.