Dexter Moody won’t be playing for Georgia this fall. But, as it turns out, he’s looking at only about a four-hour drive if he wants to catch the Bulldogs’ season opener at Oklahoma State in two weeks.
I had received a number of inquiries lately as to the whereabouts of the Georgia linebacker signee from Emmanuel County Institute. Today I confirmed what Moody’s former high school teammate Washaun Ealey intimated to me a couple of weeks ago — Moody is at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas.
This was not immediately apparent because Moody is not listed on the FSCC football roster. So I made a call to the small east Kansas JUCO and talked to head coach Jeff Sims, who confirmed Moody is there.
“He’s here and we’re redshirting him this year,” said Sims, explaining why Moody wasn’t listed on the roster. “He practices and participates just like everybody else and he’ll have a great future.”
As you’ll recall, Moody was a heralded member of the Bulldogs’ 2009 recruiting class. However, he was released from his scholarship by Georgia in March after getting into some trouble at his high school. It wasn’t the first time he’d run afoul of rules.
After Georgia’s rejection, Moody had an extended flirtation with Tennessee and attended the Vols’ spring game. But, in the end, Moody couldn’t overcome academic hurdles for admission.
“He’s going to get his grades right and become a big-time college football player,” said Sims, who said he had 34 players sign scholarships last year. “He’ll be one of those guys next year.”
Sims said there simply was no need to play Moody this season, so they decided to sit him out and let him concentrate on academics. If Moody does what he’s supposed to do, he’ll be open to be sign with another Division I school in January of 2011.
“It all depends on how he does academically,” Sims said. “We can get guys out in 18 months if they do what we ask them to do. . . . He’ll play for us next season at the minimum.”
Sims said he’s seen enough of Moody on the football field to know what all the fuss is about. “He’s extremely fast and extremely athletic. He’s working hard and getting better. In 18 months he’ll be ready to go.”
Just where that will be, Sims said he has no idea.