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

    HotDawgette

    April 15th, 2009
    10:28 am

    This guy needs to learn 1. to keep his mouth shut 2. that stupidity off the field demonstrates your true character and 3. college is a step up from high school and sometimes the “stars” don’t cut it. I rarely speak out against young guys who are just running their mouths but this one is a total moron and his parents should have taught him to respect others, himself and authority. Perhaps he wouldn’t already have his poor character on display for all to see, if they had raised him with some discipline. God forbid that my kids ever acted like this kid!

    Lord of the Lizards

    April 15th, 2009
    10:15 am

    Question to everyone other than those wearing those ugly faded orange glasses and dumb coonskin hats…with Kiffin coming in the way he has into the conference spouting off and with some of the actions we have seen coming out of Knoxville…Is Tenn trying to become the new Miami???

    Charlotte Dawg

    April 15th, 2009
    9:53 am

    Tylernluke,

    YOu actually really believe B. Brown won’t be an issue? Just read up on him and dig up why he ended up in Kansas to begin with. I’m sure you’ll be impressed. Hell, he’ll probably want to transfer to Georgia or Florida when he meets another hottie coed. You know his type. Everyone here knows what I’m getting at.

    Yep, your right.

    Gen Neyland

    April 15th, 2009
    9:52 am

    So many comments from posters with Cynthia Tucker Syndrome…

    BAMA STAN

    April 15th, 2009
    9:50 am

    12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

    Please withold from finger pointing – all schools have had their embarrassing moments with their “student athletes.”

    This is a true fact – the area in the brain that effects decision making is not fully developed until the person in about 25 years old. This helps explain why most teens and young adults in their early twenties make behavioral decisions without caring about long term consequences. This is a fact.

    Let’s be honest – how many of you did stupid things in college or in your late teens – early twenties. We look back and laugh at our Fraternity days – but the reality of it is – we did some pretty immature and stupid stuff. I guess that’s part of growing up.

    Now if an athlete does the stupid stuff – get’s caught – it’s published in USA TODAY.

    I am not making excuses – I am merely pointing out that most young adults do not become “adults” until their mid-20’s.

    NOW HERE IS WHAT BURNS OLE BAMA STAN:
    To me – there is a big difference in “stupid stuff” – and flipping a table and threatening a teacher. I see the Moody kid as a potential Jamar Hornsby – a kid with a REAL CHARACTER ISSUE. I hope that this kid becomes successful – and makes millions in the NFL.

    In case you do not know the saga of Jamar Hornsby
    - His teammate and teammates’ girlfriend were killed in a motorcycle accident.
    - Jamar got the deceased girls credit card and proceeded to charge several thousand dollars of gas and food at convenient stores – for several months. Over 70 charges.
    - Urban kicked him off the team immediately following his arrest.
    - Plea bargained down to misdemeanor – and avoided jail time -paid big time fines.
    - On probation.

    But wait – here’s more:
    - Jamar wound up at a Junior or Community college and received national honors for his play.
    - Several teams, including Alabama and Ole Miss pursued Jamar’s services. (I was very embarrassed for Alabama that we would consider this kid). Let someone else offer him a second chance.
    - Signed LOI with Ole Miss – which needs immediate help in the secondary.

    But Wait……here’s more!!!!!
    - Jamar – with all of his “SECOND” chances in life – was charged with Felony assault and misdemeanor petit larceny after beating up a guy at a McDonald’s in Starkville MS. The victim had a backended the car Jamar was in at a drive through – a frigging fender bender.
    – Jamar has now violated his probation (could face jail time) and faces jail time on the new charges.
    – Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt may release Jamar from his scholarship pending his own investigation.

    Are you kidding me?????

    Again – big difference in inmature studid stuff and real character issues – let’s hope for the best for Moody.

    tylernluke

    April 15th, 2009
    9:40 am

    Charlotte Dawg
    Bryce Brown will not be an issue. He is a good kid and will be a GREAT player. If you think Brown is trouble you just haven’t been paying attention. And please don’t give me that I wouldn’t want him at UGA crap; because you know it’s a lie. I understand your fear though.
    Moody is going to Knoxville so the staff can meet and get to know him. If Kiffin doesn’t like what he sees he won’t offer him, IMO. He won’t just keep the kid because he has talent; ask Demetrice Morley.

    law dawg

    April 15th, 2009
    9:33 am

    bama12titles – thanks for clearing that up. that was a lotta info, but pretty interesting stuff.

    as for this dexter moody stuff…….i know the whole “those in glass houses argument,” and for the most part i follow that rationale bc i know uga has their fair share of problems. but tenn still has to realize that pursuing this kid right now puts them in a bad light, it just does. i’m all for second chances, but let him go to a smaller stage first and EARN his second chance to play with the big boys.

    Prince Avenue freeze out

    April 15th, 2009
    9:27 am

    I cannot imagine staring at the color ORANGE day after day, year after year. It must eat at your brain like a cancer. I guess that’s what happens when you add YELLOW to a fine color like RED.

    bama12titles

    April 15th, 2009
    9:26 am

    Signalmountainvol,

    Thanks for echoing my point. We’ve beaten UT 2 in a row but you don’t hear me talking a whole lotta smack about that. Why? Because I also remember that we lost 7 in a row to the vols and after breaking that streak the series has been roughly tied. People should show a healthy respect for their actual accomplishments rather than just picking points in time to suit their argument. Not just dawg fans but really all of us. I also won’t talk smack about Auburn since they did in fact dominate us 6 in a row before we beat them again.

    Law dawg,

    You are correct. We had this argument several times on this post. Bama has 4 consensus titles and 5 split titles between the 2 major polls of the time according to some stats that Atlanta gator compiled. The true # is really about 9 as far as national titles. The school claims 12, the NCAA official media guide says 17, but the true # should be about 9. 7 on the extreme low end, 17 on the extreme generous end using any poll, but most people count 8-9. I’ve just been using 12 titles as my handle for so long that I don’t want to change. Probably should though.

    In reference to being voted national champs and then losing your bowl game Bama does have a national title via that route. But the reverse has also happened to Bama and we legitimately felt we were robbed of national titles in 1966 especially, 1977, and perhaps a couple of other years. It all washes out as far as that is concerned.

    Several books have been actually been written about the denial of a national title for the 66 team which Bear Bryant considered his greatest ever and his favorite team. It was also possible the most statistically dominant team of all time but while this team destroyed opponents all season, posted 8 shutouts, outscored people something like 277-30, Bama started out 3rd and stayed 3rd all season behind ND and Mich St which played to a 10-10 tie in what the media had hyped and dubbed “the game of the century”.

    The way I figure it over the last 100 years Alabama is the winningest program in college football with 754 wins to NDs 750. Common sense would dictate that we legitimately have 7-9 legit titles if that is the case. Also, another good measure is that OU leads the nation with 30 double digit winning seasons with us 2nd at 29. OU is credited I believe with 8 ncs so it would make sense that we also have 7-9 just out of common sense. Lastly, in the 3 qtr centuries 1926-1950, 1951-1975, and 1976-2000 Bama was 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd in each of those quarter centuries in win totals. Common sense would again dictate that with that type of overall success that the true, legit number is around 7-9.

    Anyway, just to clear things up 9 is probably a good, realistic, legit number as several of us on here have agreed.

    David

    April 15th, 2009
    9:25 am

    Once again, Tn has no shame. Never has never will. Hey Kiffin, have you ever considered recruiting at the state pen? I could see it now, Kiffin talking to a convict behind a screen. ” I know son, Ga didn’t give you a fair shake”. ” We will get you out of this place and on the field”.