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To play QB, or not to play QB?

That’s the question that Henry County High School’s Chris Moody, one of the state’s top uncommitted football prospects, is debating.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has South Carolina, Mississippi State, NC State and Memphis as his leaders among nearly 20 early offers. Some schools want Moody at quarterback, while others are recruiting him to play elsewhere.

“Well, you know, he has got to do what he wants to do,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said. “First of all, if he wants to play quarterback, then he needs to pick a school that will allow him to play quarterback. Then if it doesn’t work out at quarterback, he can always switch positions.

“If he wants to go as an athlete, some colleges have told me if he wants a chance to play in the NFL, then his best shot is doing that. Chris is a big, strong and fast kid. Big corners are in demand these days.

“However, ultimately, it’s Chris’ decision on what position he wants to play in college.”

Chris Moody, one of Georgia's top uncommitted seniors (AJC)

Chris Moody, one of Georgia's top uncommitted seniors (AJC)

What does Chris want to do? He’s not sure yet, although he is leaning toward signing as an athlete. He will wait until after his senior season at Henry County is finished before deciding.

“I’ve played quarterback since my freshman year, and I love it,” Moody said. “I love being in control of the offense and leading the team. Other the other hand, defense is fun , too. I love how you play with so much emotion on defense.”

Central Florida, South Florida, Indiana, Purdue, Memphis, and Mississippi State are among the schools recruiting Moody at quarterback. Georgia Tech actively pursued Moody at quarterback until landing a commitment from Dennis Andrews of Tallahassee over the summer.

Does Moody have any regrets about missing out on Georgia Tech? “No, I just wasn’t ready to make my decision at that time,” he said. “Plus I think I want to go away for college. I’ve lived in Georgia my whole life, and my parents are moving to Maryland as soon as I graduate from high school.”

South Carolina and NC State are among the school targeting Moody as a defensive back or wide receiver. “South Carolina was straight forward with Chris; they told him that they just don’t see him playing after college at the QB position, and they want him at cornerback,” Moody said. “They like his future at that position.”

Moody has had an stellar senior year at QB, throwing only one interception while completing 80 of 133 passes for 1,071 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also plays defensive back, registering 16 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions. Teams rarely throw his way.

Moody claims he has no leader and has schedule an official visit to Memphis for Jan. 21. He said he will also take recruiting trips to South Carolina, Mississippi State and NC State.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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55 comments Add your comment

renegade#1

November 4th, 2011
2:32 am

uga recruiters are all over this prospect I see. Wake up yall I think the coaches smoke pot also

75tranzam

November 4th, 2011
6:52 am

“South Carolina, Mississippi State, NC State and Memphis as his leaders ”

Yes, we should be all over him…we don’t need him as DB, WR or QB. Maybe the new coach at SC will find a use for him, Spurrier won’t be there. A lot of those SC boys are gonna be up for grab after Spurrier takes his ball and goes home.

RB

November 4th, 2011
7:04 am

UGA needs Running Backs– those 3 will be suspend at least 50% of their games next year based on the get high policy

Ramblin Man

November 4th, 2011
7:05 am

75 is that just wild speculation? I live is SC and have heard nothing about Spurrier being on the hotseat or wanting to leave.

McDawg

November 4th, 2011
7:24 am

FEAR THE TURTLE

tckr83

November 4th, 2011
8:15 am

Spurrier will retire when Lattimore leaves… it just makes sense.

tide roll

November 4th, 2011
8:25 am

Good News for Bama: UNDER ARMOUR ALL AMERICAN OFFENSIVE TACKLE AND BAMA COMMIT BRANDON GREENE FROM CREEKSIDE WAS NAMED ATLANTA TOUCHDOWN CLUB LINEMAN OF THE WEEK. Bad News For Greene: Loran Smith was the guest speaker! ROLL TIDE. The rumor still persists: Based on recent events that have occurred up in Athens, it looks like Hairy Dawg is going to be replaced by Snoop Doggy Dogg

Paddy

November 4th, 2011
8:28 am

Now that his parents are moving to Md., maybe a Mid-Atlantic school would have a better chance at signing him. Can’t see Memphis staying in his top 5 very long. Bad town, bad team!

RxDawg

November 4th, 2011
8:30 am

It’s hard to say… but from the sound of it DB is his best shot at the pro’s. But who cares, if you love playing QB then go to the school that wants you to play QB. Get a degree, have a blast, enjoy your life. Money ain’t everything.

tide roll

November 4th, 2011
8:33 am

Cedar Grove? Either way, the kid is Bama bound! Look for him to bring his teammate and the best QB in the South along with him – Jonathan McCrary. You combine these two with the best running back in the State of Georgia: Justin Taylor, and you guys are going to help us win another National Title! We’ll send Richt and Bobo a ring. This is hilarious. Those two have NO IDEA what they’re doing! Cam Newton as a tight end. WOW!

1eyedJack

November 4th, 2011
8:33 am

It sounds as if he’s a marginal college prospect and therefor will probably be a marginal NFL prospect at best. Kid, go to a school where you will feel academically comfortable and get a degree.

JB

November 4th, 2011
8:47 am

Dawgs have like 8, maybe 10 spots left….and there are about 100 D1 uncommitted prospects in Georgia alone….We need OL and RB’s. Good luck to this young man at Mississippi.

JB

November 4th, 2011
8:49 am

tide roll. your roster is really depleted after this year of starters. I like our chances playing you guys next year….even with Richt coaching. We bring back most starters….and a year bigger.

True Dawg Fan

November 4th, 2011
8:53 am

tide roll

November 4th, 2011
8:33 am
Cedar Grove? Either way, the kid is Bama bound! Look for him to bring his teammate and the best QB in the South along with him – Jonathan McCrary. You combine these two with the best running back in the State of Georgia: Justin Taylor, and you guys are going to help us win another National Title! We’ll send Richt and Bobo a ring. This is hilarious. Those two have NO IDEA what they’re doing! Cam Newton as a tight end. WOW!

As always you know nothing. We will take Keith Marshall as the best RB in the Country, which will give us the two best RB in the country in as many years. You get a small handful of Georgia recruits moron. Stop acting as if you get what ever players you want because thats obviously not the case. You dont even get the best players in your own state hahahahaha. And now that Mark Richt is solidified as coach, some of these kids thinking about bama will end up staying in state and playing for the Dawgs.

You are a clown.

JB

November 4th, 2011
8:56 am

Bama starts 8 seniors….and 9 juniors, whom 2-4 will likely declare, thus only 7 or 8 starters will be back.

JB

November 4th, 2011
9:03 am

Dawgs have 16 starters coming back. plus 7 or 8 back ups who play a lot.

ATL Sports Fan

November 4th, 2011
9:07 am

rengade, you just do not get it do you. The only thing you know about college football recruiting is what you read on these blogs. Let me fill your uninformed mind. You can not offer everyone from Georgia a scholarship, just like the NFL draft, each team/school has a board and go after the top kids on their board.

As for tide roll. UGA went hard after Brandon Greene. They offered 2 count them 2 weeks after Alabama did and Brandon said he has always wanted to go to Alabama. So tell me since you are not only the greatest offensive line coach but also the worlds best talent evaluater. Where do/did you coach college football?? I’ve asked you that question numerous times and no answer.

Yep Cam Newton, the kid who Alabama had a chance to recruit but didn’t. Tell me why Alabama didn’t go after him!!!!!!!

Your agenda makes our black community look bad!

ATL Sports Fan

November 4th, 2011
9:11 am

Tide Roll, UGA is after Jonathan McCrary. They’ve told him he can come in with Brice Ramsey. UGA originally was going to take one QB in 2012 but have told McCrary they will take if he wants to come in as well.

Once again, its a white/black thing with you. As a young black male, who played for Coach Richt, you make me sick with the insinuation he’s a racist.

ATL Sports Fan

November 4th, 2011
9:17 am

Wonder why the AJC didn’t mention Brent Calloway at Alabama being arrested a few weeks ago for drug possesion.

Tide Racist please explain!!

JB

November 4th, 2011
9:20 am

Dawgs win 10 or 11 next year and Richt will be set with another 5 year deal……….If he wants it. Mrs. Richt is in Nursing school…..and not for the money. I expect them to be in full time mission work in the next 2-3 years. football pays the bills, but in Richt’s heart, It’s beginning to be way down on the list.

JB

November 4th, 2011
9:22 am

In Alabama, the newspapers do the opposite of the AJC. This paper loves to speculate and destroy…..In Bama, they love to cover up and protect.

Inquiring minds want to know

November 4th, 2011
9:32 am

Why doesn’t AL suspend after a player fails a first drug test? What else is being covered up?

What about Bama's QB, tide roll

November 4th, 2011
9:38 am

I am interested in whether or not you think AJ McCarron should be starting at Bama in place of Philip Sims. I am sure Bama fans are thrilled with AJ’s undefeated streak, but will you go on record as saying Saban made the right choice here? (Will be surprised if this one is answered).

Wonder if Bama fans that read this blog liked the slam you got in at Saban sometime back. When finally pinned down about Bama and Cam Newton’s recruitment, you posted a lame reply that Saban did not go hard after Cam in 2010 because he felt Cam was a lock to UGA. That is one of the most incredible statements I have ever read on this blog.

Even fans of opposing teams know Nick Saban is a tireless recruiter and detail-oriented coach, and to think he would back off on a talent of Newton’s magnitude on such a flimsy excuse is ludicrous.

You imply that you are a Alabama fan, yet when you get a commit from Brandon Greene, instead of showing joy, you post for weeks afterwards how upset you are that Georgia did not get him.

The fan bases of most schools are upset when elite targeted talent gets away, and express their disappointment in losing these players. Yet when Mitchell and Crowell did not commit to Bama, you did not seem fazed at all.

Never have seen you show disappointment over Bama losing a recruit, yet you get bent out of shape over Georgia losing a player, and Georgia is a team you despise.

Something does not ring right, and I suspect you are using Bama and their tradition as a proxy for an unnamed team you like that cannot handle the Dogs.

Finally, what is your obsession with Richt and Bobo? Why would a TRUE Bama fan give a flip about opposing coaches who they do not play regularly.

JB

November 4th, 2011
9:40 am

Because tide roll is probably a Techie. Who in the world other than Dawg fans are obsessed with the Dawgs other than us………..Techies.

Big Man Harris

November 4th, 2011
9:43 am

Destin Dawg

November 4th, 2011
9:49 am

UGA 2011 SEC champs 24 to 21 over Bamer… heard it here 1st.. Go Dawgs !

Destin Dawg

November 4th, 2011
9:51 am

Spurrier at 67 will retire .. S.C. back to average

Saban

November 4th, 2011
9:54 am

Come to Athens. We have the dream team and enough pot to meet all your needs.

Stout

November 4th, 2011
10:15 am

Doesn’t matter Jonathan McCrary isn’t going to bama. Saban is a great coach, but he doesn’t recruit high level QBs out HS.

49-25-2 glad I ain't a redneck from athens

November 4th, 2011
10:35 am

Can’t wait for a beat-down in the dome if Uga makes it…. Now besides a GT national championship… A Uga beat-down will be pretty dang good.

Take it from me

November 4th, 2011
10:41 am

JB—Yea,UGA should have a great year next year,playing vandy,miss state, kentucky,so carolina,and all those great teams,should finish undefeted,and place 90th in the polls.

Rock of Ages

November 4th, 2011
12:13 pm

Don’t know if anyone remembers my prediction for UGA next year but last Dec. I predicted UGA will when the SEC Championship and then play for the National Championship next year. And hey I’m a Tech fan making that call. I really like Murray and with all the returning starters, and with so much talent UGA in 2012. My prediction for Tech next year is that we will win the ACC and play UGA a tough close game but come up a little short. They just have so much talent. Hope I’m wrong on the UGA loss but right on the other predictions. I love Tech but have great admiration for UGA, and pull for them until the Tech game. GOOOOOOOOOOOO TECH.

Dawgy

November 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

Hey 49 – 25 – 2,

I’ll bet a miilion dollars you are a pimple faced geek who was rejected by a pretty UGA co-ed on your one and only trip to Athens and now are out for vengence. I don’t know how being a Nerd from gangland is better.

also, Take it from me,

are you that stupid to think that an undefeated team in the SEC would not be ranked in the top 2 in the land? Maybe in the A She She but not SEC….CLOWN!

Paddy

November 4th, 2011
12:49 pm

Folks, don’t pay any attention to tide roll. He is a self-absorbed,probably out of work loner. His only buddy is that fat Auburn tree killer. If you see him go into a post office, call 911.

bitter spoiled recruit

November 4th, 2011
2:32 pm

@turd roll——————strike out at richt fine—harry dawg and loran smith are a no-no

————————it was nice to meet you bthe other day in GASTON, ALA—————–you were

—-on break at the local wal-mart—–standing out front taking a cigerate break

————-it was easy to spot you–you had a bottle of round out in one hand a pack of donnuts in

——————-the other —all while smoking and flirting with every 15 year old kid(both girls and boys)

—————————–all the while trying not to look fat—-all 350lbs of chewed bubble gum

7576DAWG

November 4th, 2011
2:43 pm

JB
I think you are dead on right about what happens after CMR’s wife get’s out of nursing school. She should be graduating June 2013 I think at best Richt accepts a 3 year extension only to let his wife get three years experience in nursing before they no mission work full time. Georgia is loaded next year and no way he won’t be hear for 2012. With South Carolina graduating most of their defensive play makers the only team that should be tough is Alabama. In fact I predict Georgia is undefeated going into the Alabama game in 2012.

7576DAWG

November 4th, 2011
2:55 pm

Destin Dawg
If Georgia get’s to the SEC championship game I also think LSU or Alabama will have their hands full. Georgia could very well win that game. Both Alabama and LSU always have a lot of trouble against Georgia. Alabama actually beat us last time we played them. They were clearly the better team but Georgia was the better team last time we played LSU and everybody knows LSU should not have won that game.

Teacher

November 4th, 2011
3:35 pm

Hilarious!

Thanks for the giggles. ;-)

JM

November 4th, 2011
3:38 pm

good luck to him where ever he finally goes to school.

ole glory

November 4th, 2011
9:34 pm

Tide roll stop pike dreaming, Jonathan McCrary is uga bound, sister already attends uga,

Nuggets from the recruiting trail

November 5th, 2011
12:53 am

GT seems to be making its anual move on several 2 star players and closing fast on a 3 star that previously committed to Western Carolina.

Ole Ball Coach

November 5th, 2011
5:06 am

Wonder where all of the UGA recruits will go when Richt is gone after this year? Hmm, maybe they will be interested in heading my way. I’m not leaving, having too much fun whipping the puppies.

Cedar Grove Football

November 5th, 2011
6:22 am

SHUT UP U GA FANS!!!!!!!!!!!! WE are attending Alabama vs LSU game 2marrow… Go BAMA Roll Tide!!!!!! Alabama Lets Go!!!!!!!

Cedar Grove Football

November 5th, 2011
6:24 am

My sis Leah has nothing 2 do with his recruitment. u spit in his face with recruiting Brice… GET REAL!!!!!!

Cedar Grove Football

November 5th, 2011
6:30 am

We kno racism when we see it….. D.J. Shockley sat 3 years behind Grenne.. HELL NO…. YALL RAIN IS OVER

Cedar Grove Football

November 5th, 2011
6:34 am

Yall UGA FANS CAN SAY WAT YALL WANT but yall cant compete with what he listens on a daily bases by His loved ones who care bout his well being….. Disrespect it Yall cant win this battle.

Cedar Grove Football

November 5th, 2011
6:36 am

*****Richt is a Great coach!!!!!!****** BOBO…. NOT HAPPENING!!!

EX GEORGIA FAN

November 5th, 2011
7:52 am

Hahaha. One thing is for certain. If he goes to Georgia he will play all three positions (and possibly more) due to multiple suspensions, injuries, etc to others. If he’s great he will leave after 3 years like AJ Green, Matthew Stafford, Hershel Walker, Champ Bailey, etc. If he’s just good, he will get jerked around (position wise) like Richard Samuels, Bruce Figgins, and half of the OL, for four to five years and be microscopically crusified on these blogs daily by the “Georgia faithful” like Jasper Sanks, Mike Bobo and Ray Goff have. Think twice young man! Georgia has a lot of ghosts and skelitons in the closet you won’t hear about on these blogs. Consider y

savannadawg

November 6th, 2011
7:44 am

Looking at the kids head attire, it looks like he likes music too. Well there is no other place than athens ga. for good music and great football!

Saban is a liar

November 6th, 2011
8:43 am

Mike Price was Alabama’s greatest coach