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

    Johnny U.

    April 15th, 2009
    5:04 pm

    The best quarterback to play the game was a Colt, but he didn’t go to Tennessee.

    Bow Wow

    April 15th, 2009
    5:02 pm

    Too bad this guy isn’t going to Georgia. He would be a good candidate for the Thurman/Ellerbe Award.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    5:00 pm

    so “history” is now defined as a National Championship… interesting…

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    4:58 pm

    You did not undertsnad what I was saying (and actually I am a UGA law school graduate thanks). You said that “UT is relevant every year as they actually play teams outside of their conference that contend on a National level” Therefore I said that since Citadel played a team outside their conference (Florida) that contend for a national title, by this logic the Citadel is relevant. I was not talking about Syracuse, I was refering to that comment. Maybe you should return to the classroom that you continue to accuse others of having never seen.

    ReptilesRule

    April 15th, 2009
    4:38 pm

    Not to change the subject, but did anyone else google gatorvictory pole dance??? Pretty funny.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    4:05 pm

    oh, and y’all also had the greatest QB to ever play the game, (whose autographed Colts helmet is sitting right here on my desk), in 1997 so yes, you guys were very relevant then.

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    3:41 pm

    Voice of Ignorance. The Citadel was not ranked. Syracuse was. Tennessee went on to win the National Championship @ 13-0. The only history you Mutt fans can come up with is nearly 30 years ago. End of conversation. Obviously Voice you are another who has never seen the inside of a classroom.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    3:37 pm

    the question was when was the last time that UT was relevant, not Syracuse. Even if Syracuse was relevant in 1998, I said lately, not over 10 yrs ago. But those were the days when UT was relevant also.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    3:35 pm

    the citadel played UF and they are national title contenders so by your logic, that makes the Citadel a releveant football team?

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    3:35 pm

    Voice that was the only time in 25 years. When UT did a home and away with Syracuse Donovan Mc, was the QB and yes they were relevant.