Former UGA signee Dexter Moody is in football purgatory in South Georgia

Former Georgia signee Dexter Moody finds himself back in South Georgia in football limbo. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

Former Georgia signee Dexter Moody is living in Statesboro and finishing up his junior college coursework online. (AJC photo by Jason Getz)

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

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Newnan Dawg Fan

February 10th, 2011
5:44 pm

bad brad

February 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

Maybe those two best friends can play together.

Murphy

February 10th, 2011
5:45 pm

Barry Sanders son is a senior in high school in Oklahoma City. Just looked him up on Rivals.com-18 colleges are after him,7 of which are SEC schools. UGA not listed as looking at him.Hmmmm-thats interesting. Maybe we should consider him.His highlights look pretty good.

branden smith

February 10th, 2011
5:46 pm

K Conley

February 10th, 2011
5:48 pm

As a South Georgia guy, this is simply a sad story. I would really like to see he and Washaun get their lives together and stop all of the nonsense. I guess it just isn’t in the cards for Dexter to do so.

Jess

February 10th, 2011
5:49 pm

Those two might be playing together but it will likely be on the Food Lion company softball team.

SupportingGAthletes

February 10th, 2011
5:57 pm

I wish Ealey and Moody all the best! Whenever these players choose to sign with the Dawgs, I am behind them 100% — even if they do not play one down or ever enroll into UGA. Ealey and Moody are both very young, and they haven’t reached 1/4 of their life’s potential. I just hope these coaches and so-called leaders who wooed them don’t turn their backs on these guys when it is obvious that they need the right level of guidance. But most importantly, I hope Ealey and Moody do not give up on themselves. Each day there is still a lot more to fight for… so don’t give up!

South GA Dawg

February 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

GA Southern is not in South GA.

El Dudearino

February 10th, 2011
5:59 pm

Wow. Three different places have washed there hands of this young man.
He hasn’t talked to GA Southern? Get off your butt and go talk to them!!!!!!
The fact that him and Washaun are best friends does not surprise me. What a waste of God given talent!!! I’m sure the NFL is salivating over Washaun’s laziness and bad attitude. Give me a break. These two have had plenty.

JESUP

February 10th, 2011
6:00 pm

Yall check out this Kid, best 2012 Target I have seen ……Nelson Agholor #3…….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgDTBmew_HM&feature=youtu.be

JESUP

February 10th, 2011
6:01 pm

Flatwoods Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:02 pm

Ealey needs to take advantage of the opportunity that he has at UGA. Without King, he is UGA’s only experienced back besides Thomas who is not an everydown back. Ealey could get his head straight and work hard.If, he were to finish at UGA with over 3000 career yards, that would almost guarantee him being drafted in the first 3 rounds.

El Dudearino

February 10th, 2011
6:04 pm

“Right now I’ve just got to see what comes in for me.”

Speaks volumes. This kid has probably never had someone in his face telling him to GO OUT AND GET IT FOR YOURSELF. Hard work is hard, but the end result is beautiful.

JESUP

February 10th, 2011
6:06 pm

I was worried about both these guys when i seen them in the Dome in HS, both acted a lil THUGGISH.

ClinchCountyCanine

February 10th, 2011
6:09 pm

I am from way down here in South Georgia. First, Purgatory ain’t around here. My pappy said it was up there around Hotlanta. Second, put Jeremy “Dozer” Daniels on your tenative ten list. He would knock the slobber out of the rest of those guys.

UGA03MAIN

February 10th, 2011
6:11 pm

We need Ealey. Thomas Brown made it clear competition brings out the best in everyone. I agree with this. Obviously I don’t know what happened but Ealey needs to get his stuff together or get on.

WIN WITH RICHT

February 10th, 2011
6:12 pm

We need more of them South Georgia boys like Buck Belue, Lindsey Scott, and the Baileys. Dem boys from below the gnat line are winners.

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godawgs678

February 10th, 2011
6:17 pm

If Ealey wants to make it to the NFL, maybe he should start busting his butt in the weight room and push to become the best player he can be. No NFL team is going to take a lazy, undisciplined football player over another player who works his tail off. If Ealey decides he wants to be a Dawg and do things the right way, I will always welcome him. If not, I say have fun in Statesboro where there won’t be a pro scout in site for 200 miles.

Ted Striker

February 10th, 2011
6:20 pm

1) Glad Moody is working toward receiving his associate’s degree. Hope he catches on at another school.

2) Hope Ealey gets his head on straight. He needs to focus on school because going pro isn’t his best option in 2011.

82Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:21 pm

@SouthGA Dawg…where do you say South Ga. starts?

JESUP

February 10th, 2011
6:23 pm

@82 Dawg anyone North of the Altamaha is a YANKEE…. : )

7Jack

February 10th, 2011
6:26 pm

If you’re already in the Boro just go to Southern. Get on there and maybe get yourself a I-AA (I dont care what it’s called now, it’s I-AA to me) championship. You may not make it to the NFL but at least go out with some pride.

shipyard dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:33 pm

Come on Washaun suck it up , Like Natural boy says TO BE THE MAN YOU HAVE TO BEAT THE MAN . Work um hard Mr Thomas Brown.

82Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:35 pm

@shipyard dawg….if your going to quote him at least get his name right…”Nature Boy” not natural boy

Brucerugby79

February 10th, 2011
6:37 pm

dang Jesup i catch hell for tellin folk in North Carolina and tennesse they are not from the south the way you draw it is a thin line cause it turns yankee pretty quick when you hit florida

uughh.

February 10th, 2011
6:38 pm

Agree with the dude. This kid needs to pick a school and transfer there. Then walk on the football team. Play so hard they can’t ignore you. Then again that would mean taking an active role in the direction of your life rather than riding along passively as he seems to be doing now.

Next “Washuan thought this would be his last year.” Wow that is presumptuous! Did he think that going pro was a foregone conclusion!? Thomas Brown was 4 times the back this kid is and he got paid what 3 or 4 years in the NFL? Whashaun needs a reality check and hopefully Thomas Brown is just the guy to give it. If Thomas Brown was as big as Washaun…he’d be a starter in the NFL. Hell if Washaun just ‘wanted it’ half as bad as Thomas Brown he would be the best back in the SEC. Again you have to work for it to be successful.

What the hell is wrong with these kids?

How2fish

February 10th, 2011
6:40 pm

Everyone on the blog to this point give yourself a pat on the back….as far as I saw not one Thug tossed around up to this point, most of you hoping the best for this young man and Washaun…people we need more of this type of blogging! Well done ! Well except for JESUP

ClinchCountyCanine

February 10th, 2011
6:43 pm

My pappy says that anyone north of Homerville is a damn Yankee!!

82Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:44 pm

Hey now give Jesup a break…he can’t help it.

c'mon man

February 10th, 2011
6:47 pm

Sad, sad story for these 2 young fellas. They are products of the consequences of bad decisions. Recruits need to pay attention. Getting an offer is just one of the steps. You have the responsibility of making the most of that opportunity. Wake up and smell the gnats.

ClinchCountyCanine

February 10th, 2011
6:48 pm

82Dawg

All us South Ga folks consider folks in Hotlanta Yankee mongrels.

How2fish

February 10th, 2011
6:51 pm

82Dawg I was going to say that but was afraid I might hurt his feelings…and ClinchCountyCanine mostly that’s true but a lot of us hail from the South..I’ve been here 47 years and I’m from Soddy Daisy TN, call someone a Yankee thar and get ready to just that shootin iron!

WIN WITH RICHT

February 10th, 2011
6:52 pm

Since 1980, UGA has had 8 rbs go over 2000 career yards. Six were first round draft picks including Walker,Worley, Hampton, Hearst, Edwards, and Moreno. The other 2 were Tate- 2nd & M. Smith 3rd. Ealey has over 1500.

ClinchCountyCanine

February 10th, 2011
6:54 pm

We are so down south in Georgia that our a$$es hang over in Florida.

82Dawg

February 10th, 2011
6:58 pm

Clinch…you maybe right about 90% of them, But I am from Wayne County and like a lot of my friends we had to come up here to survive…

JESUP

February 10th, 2011
7:00 pm

ol@How2fish I just remember their Championship game in the Dome. I wish them nothing but the best, and think if the line play improves Washaun could dominate…I was hoping Crowell could get to the Dome this year. I have not heard very good things about his Character and am willing to bet if he would have put on that Bama hat, that we would have heard a lot more about his attitude problems…??? Watch what this kid does after a touchdown…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgDTBmew_HM&feature=youtu.be

JESUP

February 10th, 2011
7:00 pm

……..and then listen to him talk about how he is not at the level he needs to be at….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g8Xb8dXCFk&feature=related ……Humble and Gifted and he needs to pick UGA..

Brucerugby79

February 10th, 2011
7:01 pm

how 2 fish thats what I was talkin bout and I guess we all know Atlanta and Florida don’t count as south–However if their kids are big and fast they can become southern by spending time in athens-I am up here in North Carolina and you don’t call these boys yankees–lessen you just wanna fight

59bulldawg

February 10th, 2011
7:02 pm

I know Ealey has his head up his fanny but we need him and he needs Georgia more than he may realize. Son why don’t you do what you’re asked to do and do it with enthusiasm? I know the kid has been much maligned as an average back. He’s taken probably too much grief for the fumbled. But I believe all of that is wrong. He has above average skills with below average motivation. I think if he will listen to Thomas Brown and change his attitude he could rush for 1200+ yards. I hope he stays in Athens and behaves himself.

SEC1

February 10th, 2011
7:05 pm

Reading between the lines, I would venture a guess and say that both Moody and Ealy lack a strong role model at home. Neither seems to have much discipline. Wasted talent? I’m not sure. Both are young enough to turn things around. I sure hope they do.

Sometimes I think these kids just need a good swift kick in the Azz.

Michael G.

February 10th, 2011
7:12 pm

Both of those kids are about as dumb as dumb can get. The problem was they were given everything at E.C.I. and never had to work for anything. These 2 are just another in a long line of athletes from the Swainsboro/Emanuel County area to just throw away God-given talents. Many of us in the area have a running bet/joke that they will wind up in Reidsville at the state prison within 5 years.

bigdsel

February 10th, 2011
7:23 pm

Maybe Richt can help teach these young men what responsibility is. They don’t accept consequences very well and don’t want to work for anything. These young men need a good mentor. Hopefully they find one in Richt.

Legend of Len Barker

February 10th, 2011
7:26 pm

Anything below I-16 is south Georgia, though we might include Dublin with it. On the west side, Roberta and anything south of that. You might could also classify it by the dirt. Once you start getting into that red clay that starts around Tarversville, you’re getting out of south Georgia.

LoLB = South Georgian to the point of having seen a game in the green gym in Homerville.

tom

February 10th, 2011
7:26 pm

Dexter Moody never signed with UGA. DUH.

Billy O

February 10th, 2011
7:28 pm

You don’t have to be from South Georgia to be a Southerner. I am a native Atlantan (I used to be proud of that fact….not so much anymore); grew up in Dekalb County and have lived most of my adult life in Gwinnett County. I’m several years away from retiring and will be relocating to South Georgia to get away from all the yankees. What I would really like to say is, in the drawl of Lewis Grizzard…..”American by birth…SOUTHERN by the Grace of God!!” GO DAWGS!!!!

Dorsey Hill

February 10th, 2011
7:43 pm

Is Washaun delusional? Unless he really steps up his game, he is not getting drafted. RB’s need to realize that the NFL sees them as a dime a dozen and they aren’t taking guys who fumble and don’t give great effort. You really have to be special to distinguish yourself to the NFL guys. Has Ealey seen what Knowshon did at Georgia and what he’s done at Denver? He went from superstar to a guy that might not ever make it and Ealey hasn’t been in the same universe as Knowshon as a college back.

Washaun- you have the tools to be the man but you better realize how far you have to go to get there. Otherwise you and Robert Toomer can spend some time together discussing how great you were in south Georgia High School ball back in the day.

P. Bull Terrier

February 10th, 2011
7:51 pm

It doesn’t sound like Moody turned out to be nearly as good of a football player as you might expect for a 4-Star Recruit. His best bet might be to find a school where he can get a Bachelor’s Degree and find a job in the real world.

Ealey has shown that he has the talent to be a good football player, but talent alone doesn’t get you to the NFL. The next few weeks/months will likely be a turning point in his life. If he decides to stay at UGA, handles his responsibilities, and works hard to be as good as he can be, he stands a good chance of being picked in the top half of the draft in a year or two.

On the other hand, if Ealey walks away from his team when the going gets tough, he’ll have to have a Cam Newton type season for most teams to even consider risking a draft choice on him. You know teams like the Falcons aren’t likely to use a draft choice on a player with discipline or attitude problems, and when a handfull of teams cross a player off of their draft board due to off field issues, the odds of making it in the NFL get pretty steep.

Delbert D.

February 10th, 2011
7:54 pm

Maybe the U.S. Army would take Moody.

shipyard dawg

February 10th, 2011
8:00 pm

Sorry 82dawg I got a little carryed away with the Nature Boy.Washaun step up a be the man we no you can be and play ball.Go Dawgs.