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

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:25 pm

    who last got beat by Wyoming and a Pac-10 team?? Yes, in the last century (the last 100 years) UGA has dominated Florida. In the past two decades, this has been the opposite.

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:22 pm

    oh, and Kiffin has turned Tenn into a joke to the rest of the nation… hope you’re proud!

    theTruth

    April 15th, 2009
    1:20 pm

    KNel, who last WON an SEC championship?

    KNelson

    April 15th, 2009
    1:17 pm

    Do any of you remember Jason Respert who was accused of rape @ UF and UF pulled his scholarship? He then went to UT and turned his life around. In the last century UGA has not dominated UF, UGA has been dominated by Florida. As far as going back to Bill Battle we could also go back to General Neyland ! Who last played for an SEC Championship, Ga or Tennessee?

    Voice of Reason

    April 15th, 2009
    1:17 pm

    knelson- you say that if he were leaving UT for UGA we would be “would be geeked up and talking about a National Championship.” Yet, he WAS coming to UGA at one time and he was just another recruit until he got his scholarship revoked. Therefore, just like 90% of your comments, you are wrong. Easy logic there.

    Bama Stan- when did you start making such good points… right on man!

    brick

    April 15th, 2009
    1:01 pm

    Its pretty funny that the Vols want to go back to the last century to declare their dominance over UGA, but our dominance over UF during the last century has no bearing. The fact is UT is struggling now to stay in the top half of the SEC east, maybe their new staff will put them there, maybe it won’t. The only head coaching experience on the staff was a complete failure. As for the Bama fans you have had a great program, wasn’t UGA’s fault you were on probation when we have won 3 of 4. But to the topic of this blog, Dexter has some anger and discipline issues, to argue that he doesn’t is wrong. He didn’t live up to his end of the scholarship which was make your grades, stay out of trouble, not real hard for most of us. But he chose to confront an authority figure, because of something Dexter did and the teacher was trying to correct the situtation. UGA made their decision, they released him to sign with anyone he wanted, UGA could have not done that, lots of schools don’t. IF he decides on UT and can correct some issues more power to him.

    Volalicious

    April 15th, 2009
    12:49 pm

    UT! Wild Boyz!
    UT! Wild Boyz!
    UT! Wild Boyz!!!!!!!

    NCMTNDawg

    April 15th, 2009
    12:48 pm

    KNelson – Do YOU remember the last time UT was even relevent in college football??? The Vols are kind of like the Irish: all hype, no game.

    theTruth

    April 15th, 2009
    12:31 pm

    Bama12Titles, I think most give Bama 6 ‘legit’ titles but since the NCAA hasn’t recognized a national championship for college football, it’s a moot point. Any intelligent SEC fan would recognize Bama as the frontrunner for the SEC especially with the whopping 21 SEC titles that were indeed won on the field and wasn’t a popularity contest. (see ND)

    Nelson, I’m not quite sure why you are arguing about the intelligence of Mark Richt when your coach tried a 76 yd FIELD GOAL attempt. That SHOULD get a coach fired on the spot. TN wanted anti Fulmer but I think they went too far the other direction. Be careful what you wish for, Fulmer was the 2nd winnigest coach in your history and you just ran him out of town. Please look at your history pre-Fulmer back to the Majors/Battle days.

    The Big Bug

    April 15th, 2009
    12:10 pm

    Doug,4000 freshmen accepted? This would equate to student body of roughly 16000 wouldn’t it? I feel sure UT is larger than that isn’t it. What am I missing here? Just asking.