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

    Ice Face

    April 15th, 2009
    1:50 pm

    I think it is hilarious that the Vawls made so many mortal enemies so quickly. Not bad for a bunch of half-fast mountain boys. I await your weekly cremation (and I mean you’re gonna get BURNED) this fall.

    Dawgs Rule

    April 15th, 2009
    1:47 pm

    ctownvol,

    That comment is quite humorous coming from the program that went 7-5 after being a preseason title contender in 2005 and then going 5-7 in 2008. Man, if I was a Vol I think I’d at least shut up until the Vols break their over a decade long drought of any real championships, especially to teams that have one or more this decade. WYOMING????? LMAO

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:46 pm

    and btw, the last time y’all played in the SEC championship, you actually split the east with UGA and UGA wound up #2 in the final polls. just fyi

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:44 pm

    less than whom exactly? UGA has won 10 or more games in 6 of the last 8 seasons and finished in the top 10 5 of the last 7 yrs.

    Dawgs Rule

    April 15th, 2009
    1:40 pm

    Ummm….KNelson, are you that much of an idiot to ask that question?

    How about…When is the last time UT WON an SEC Championship? Only been 3 years for UGA…Oops, only about TEN YEARS!!!! for UT. Nobody remembers the runner up idiot, but if that makes you feel a little. LOL

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:36 pm

    Tennessee- we pay more for less!

    Big Dawg

    April 15th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    Kiffin deserves this thug …top shelf trash

    ctownvol

    April 15th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    UGA- We do less with more!

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    Well why don’t we continue this conversation after his 2nd year then… but at that time, will you have changed your handle to DawgFan or BamaNelson?

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    1:27 pm

    Voice of Ignorance , I think after Kiffins 2nd year we will be very proud! Oh , the Truth, who last won a National Championship?