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

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    3:33 pm

    wow… and we played Notre Dame in 1980… how far do you want to go back?

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    3:29 pm

    Pretty sure Arizona is pretty close to the west coast.

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    3:22 pm

    They were in 1998 , when UT played them! Another DA comment from a Mutt.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    3:13 pm

    Syracuse?? really relevant lately.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    3:12 pm

    UGA played Ga Southern who is a FCS (formerly Div 1-AA) school, not Div. 2. UGA also had one of the toughest schedules last year as referencedby everyone and we played Boise State in 2005 i think or maybe 2006 and we now play Ok State and Arizona ST. and will be playing Oregon starting, I believe, in 2011 (?) so we are not impressed that you have played Cal or UCLA and Wyoming and UAB

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    3:12 pm

    UT is relevant every year as they actually play teams outside of their conference that contend on a National level. UCLA, (dont comment UGA you never travel the West coast). Cal, Notre Dame , Miami of Florida, Syracuse, Oregon in 2010. Name 1 team UGA has scheduled in 20 years that was relevant? typical dog fan , speaking from his A$$ and without knowledge.

    ctownvol

    April 15th, 2009
    2:44 pm

    Dogs rule(Sorry. I have more than a second grade education. Therefore I know how to spell the word D-O-G) You are correct. UT hasn’t won a championship this decade. By the way- A decade is 10 years. I’m sure with you being a Georgia fan you weren’t quite sure what that D word meant. Congratulations. UGA is a real powerhouse. I’m impressed. I’ll be even more impressed when your chihuahuas can stop a high school offense. I think Tech just ran for another 25 yards. Idiot.

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    2:37 pm

    Good Luck UGA , nice to see that you no longer play a DIV2 school to open your season. Yes Tenn has played Wyoming but until last year and a bowl game who does Ga ever play West of the Mississippi? UT does it year after year. Easy to win the 1st 4 when you play teams like you have. Looking forward to September!

    NCMTNDawg

    April 15th, 2009
    2:17 pm

    KNelson – again, when was the last time UT was RELEVENT in college football??? Here’s some perspective on that question: UT’s mens b-ball team attracts more of the spotlight than the f-ball team these days. In my opinion, you all have turned into a modern-day Kentucky. A really nice b-ball program, but just mediocre in f-ball. Yet, you come to a UGA blog and rant and rave? Um…your “argument” carries no weight.

    BTW – you’re now making predictions about a coach who has NEVER been a head coach in college? Good grief!

    Dawgs Rule

    April 15th, 2009
    1:50 pm

    ctownvol,

    That comment coming from the program that went 7-5 in 2005 after being considered a national title contender in 2005 and going 5-7 in 2008???

    I think if I was a Vol I’d shut my mouth until the Vols actually break the over a decade long streak of winning no real championships, especially to teams who have won 1 or more this decade. WYOMING????LMAO