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.”
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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