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

    BILLY JACK

    April 16th, 2009
    8:17 am

    Bama Stan-I have finally agreed with you-never thought it would happen.I now believe in miracles.

    A quick rundown « Football on the Brain

    April 15th, 2009
    10:35 pm

    [...] A little update on yesterday’s post concerning Dexter Moody.  Moody told the AJC’s Michael Carvell that he and his dad are planning to attend Tennessee’s Orange and White game.  Georgia’s garbage could be Tennessee’s treasure.  This is what happens when you grant an unconditional release. [...]

    Brandon

    April 15th, 2009
    9:25 pm

    Funny!! The Vols offering a UGA reject. UT is a joke.

    JTHOMAS

    April 15th, 2009
    8:34 pm

    He beats up a female teacher and then gets sent to alternative school. He and Jason Respert are perfect for the VOLS. Rot in Hell Lane Kiffin.

    Thug?

    April 15th, 2009
    8:02 pm

    If he really is a thug and Vols get him, he had better be on his best behavior bacause Kiffin just kicked on of their best from last years crew off the team.

    Lil Q

    April 15th, 2009
    6:59 pm

    Once he says there are no hard feelings, then he says he wants to take out his feelings against the team that released him. Obviously I don’t know everything that he’s said since being released from his scholly but at no point have I heard (read) about him taking responsibility for his actions. This kid is like… I don’t care I didn’t want to go there anyway… they weren’t my favorite school anyway….etc etc. Your character (or lack thereof) shows through big time when you have to deal with making a mistake in your life.

    ReptilesRule

    April 15th, 2009
    6:38 pm

    Believe me, I’m not talking about a lizard but it’s pretty cute/hott.

    big dawg

    April 15th, 2009
    5:37 pm

    it’s obvious that UT is becoming the Miss.St. of the east…and i’ve seen that tough schedule that UT has this year. that Memphis game is definately going to be a doozy, probably on ESPN’s game of the week.

    and no reptile, nobody here cares anything about the lizards..

    Doug

    April 15th, 2009
    5:15 pm

    Good question Big Bug. UT is bigger but has a relatively large graduate student population so that explains why the discrepancy in numbers.

    bank walker

    April 15th, 2009
    5:06 pm

    We don’t mind sending some MAN genes to tennersee. You obviously need them since your football is so LAME up there. LOL, I totally hate you chumps, the vile fans especially, with your lack of athletic ability and no knowledge of the game! It’s like Georgia 1A>>>>>and tennersee 5A. Build that fence around tennerssee Lame!!! Monte should have caught you in a rag!! Bwwwwaahhhhhh!!! GO DAWGS!!