This is definitely not the way Dexter Moody thought his football career would turn out.
Moody, a four-star linebacker out of Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, was a much ballyhooed recruit when signed with Georgia in 2009. But pretty much nothing has gone right since then.
UGA revoked Moody’s letter-of-intent after he was suspended from high school, he ended up at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and now he finds himself living in football limbo down in Statesboro.
“I’m really just handling my recruitment on my own,” said Moody, who is living with his sister, Tanesha Coleman, who attends Georgia Southern University. “I’m still trying to get into schools and all. But I’m having to do it all on my own because my junior college coach really hasn’t helped me out.”
Moody said he used just one season of eligibility at Fort Scott. He was redshirted as a freshman, then played in seven of nine games this past season at all three linebacker positions and safety. He finished with 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Moody drew recruiting interest from numerous schools and garnered actual offers from Nebraska and Cincinnati last fall. But signing day came and went without Moody holding an official letter-of-intent to sign.
“I’ve talked to Cincinnati. I’m still talking with UAB,” Moody said. “They still need a linebacker and a defensive end. They said they were going to take their time on it, so we’ll see. I’m taking my time on it, too.”
Fort Scott head coach Jeff Sims declined comment about Moody or the circumstances surrounding his recruitment other than to say Moody was no longer enrolled there.
Moody is vague when it comes to the circumstances that led him back to South Georgia. He insists he remains in good academic standing. He said he’s taking a single course online this semester and that’s all he needs to obtain an associate’s degree from Fort Scott. If so, that would allow him to transfer to another school with three years of eligibility remaining.
Returning to Georgia, it seems, has never been option.
“I haven’t really talked to them,” he said. “Actually, I wanted to go to junior college and get things right and hopefully Georgia would take me back. Unfortunately it didn’t happen that way. So now I’m looking for the next place to play.”
Moody said he was aware of the recent indefinite suspension of former teammate Washaun Ealey at Georgia.
“Me and ‘Shaun are best friends; I talk to him about every day,” Moody said. “He wanted this year to be his last year [in college]. He wanted to play well and hopefully go pro. I don’t know what he’s going to do now. Maybe he’ll transfer or maybe it will work out with Georgia. He’s been given the option to stay so I’m thinking he’ll stay. Whether he will or not, I don’t know.”
If Ealey chooses to leave, one of his possible destinations is believed to be Georgia Southern. Could that be in Moody’s future as well?
“I don’t know; I haven’t talked to them,” he said. “Right now I’ve just got to see what comes in for me.”
By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog