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

    Dexter's Mom

    April 15th, 2009
    11:32 am

    KNelson, UF’s requirements for athletes is lower than UGA’s.

    The end.

    Dexter's Mom

    April 15th, 2009
    11:31 am

    Sorry to disappoint you all, but Dexter is nowhere close to qualifying academically.

    Actually, he’s going to have to have some major changes in order to be able to qualify after going to prep school.

    He might wind up in a junior college after prep school because his academics are so bad.

    [...] I guess Lane Kiffin thought he’d let the situation cool a little bit before going after released UGA commit Dexter Moody. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Moody said he was invited to Tennessee’s Orange and White game on [...]

    dawgfan

    April 15th, 2009
    11:25 am

    Smyrna Man you sound jealous as well. Why dont you and KNelson hop into your 87 Chevette and hed to Knoxville?

    dawgfan

    April 15th, 2009
    11:22 am

    Doug, thanks for some UT common sense. It is refreshing. Can you pass along to the any of the other UT fans?

    Smyrna Man

    April 15th, 2009
    11:22 am

    your Nationally Televised spring game had 1 touchdown and it was in the last seconds of the “game”

    You guys let Odell Thurman on your team… Why cant UT add Moody?

    PS My world is crushed since I misspelled a 17 year olds name

    Smyrna? Seriously

    April 15th, 2009
    11:18 am

    KNelson……Are you jealous? After the crappy seasons UT has had I guess I cant blame you. But right now UGA isnt accepting band wagon fans so you will need to go the GT or UT blog.

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    11:18 am

    Georgia , compare your academic status to UF and get back to me on that one.

    Doug

    April 15th, 2009
    11:13 am

    Why do we go through this same exercise about questionable recruits? Fact is every SEC school with the exception of Vanderbilt, recruits from the same demographic pool. As a UT fan, I don’t think Meyer, Saban, Spurrier, Richt or any coach has a lock on the, “thug,” market.

    Fact is , if we only recruited HS Honor Society members, Saturdays in the SEC would look a lot different.

    As for the crack about UT academics, last year we accepted 4,000 applicants out of 14,000 freshman apps. UT is now experiencing on a smaller scale the same effect UGA did with the implementation of the lottery.

    Smyrna? Seriously

    April 15th, 2009
    11:11 am

    Sounds to me like Moody needs a reality check and he will be fine, but UT jumping at the chance to get him wont help at all.