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

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    11:10 am

    Second chance is a 2nd chance. Whether he plays DIV1 or 2. You pups are always wanting to chase your tails. If he were leaving UT for UGA you rose colored glass wearing fools would be geeked up and talking about a National Championship. I wish UT 1st game was against you wannbes ! That way we could hear the excuses for a complete year! Oh how they will flow!

    Smyrna? Seriously

    April 15th, 2009
    11:09 am

    Smyrna Man……..Can your comments really be recognized when you could not spell the kids name correctly? Seriously. As far as throwing stones, have you seen any game tape of UT’s 2008 season? UT sucks and so does Smyrna.

    Cuz

    April 15th, 2009
    11:07 am

    I sincerely hope this kid takes whatever opportunity comes his way and makes a success out of his life. I believe in the power of redemption. But you have to want to be redeemed first.

    Classy Kiffin

    April 15th, 2009
    11:03 am

    All I can say is, typical UT BS. Moody is a spoiled kid who has been pampered due to his potential and he thinks the world owes him and rules do not apply to him. If any other student did what he did they would have been expelled and ran out of town. Then comes along UT who will be his savior until he is caught on video beating up some kid in the dorm and had has to transfer to VSU. Classy Kiffin, keep up the good work. The Great Pumpkin got fired for recruiting thugs that couldn’t win. oh yeah, for all the bleeding hearts who believe Moody deserves a second chance, I believe he does as well. Let him go play a year at a Div II school and get back down to earth. By the way, he is as dumb as a box of rocks. One more thing, arent there blogs out there for UT and GT fans?

    Smyrna Man

    April 15th, 2009
    11:03 am

    What would Jesus Do? Welcome the young man with open arms, give him a seconds chance and pray for him. Its obvious what the mob is doing on this board. Throwing Stones in a glass house. Kiffin has cleaned shop up in Knoxville, just ask Morley and about 5 others. UT is going 110% rigt now and if you cant hang, take a hike. This Mody kid has been invited to the O&W game, thats it. He will quickly realize what its going to take at UT, and if he is man enough for the challange then I will welcome him.

    BTW that UGA spring game was the worst display of football I have ever seen

    The General Feeling

    April 15th, 2009
    10:37 am

    The guy has been invited to watch a spring football game. Nothing more. But I sense fear in the mutt fans.

    Bama Stan… you’re a piece of work, fella. Hope you are not a parent or supervisor of some type. Scary.

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    Prince Avenue freeze out

    April 15th, 2009
    10:30 am

    LotL: No, Kiffin is making UT the new Oakland.

    Bamafan

    April 15th, 2009
    10:29 am

    Bama Stan is right about the kid, may be kiffin can turn the kid around and make him in to a good person or he will be in jail for the rest of his life!!

    Prince Avenue freeze out

    April 15th, 2009
    10:28 am

    LoL: No, Kiffin is making UT the new Oakland.