QB-DB Chris Moody picks Vanderbilt over South Carolina

QB or DB? Henry County's Chris Moody (Photo by 247Sports.com)

QB or DB? Henry County's Chris Moody (Photo by 247Sports.com)

There were two surprises about Chris Moody’s commitment to Vanderbilt on Sunday.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Henry County High School pledged to Vanderbilt after taking an official visit to the SEC school this weekend, according to ESPN.

The first surprise was that Vanderbilt beat out South Carolina, which was considered the longtime frontrunner for Moody. He also took official visits to Central Florida and South Florida.

The second surprise was that Vanderbilt may let Moody play QB. That was his high school position but many schools – including Vanderbilt, at first – recruited Moody as an “athlete” to play WR or DB.

“I think Vanderbilt is an outstanding academic institution and that coach James Franklin does a real good job up there,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier said. “So I believe Chris will proper in both area, academically and athletically, by playing in the SEC under James Franklin.

“Chris is a phenomenal athlete. At first, Vanderbilt was recruiting Chris as a DB or safety.  But when they saw more of his highlight tape, they were like ‘Wow. Holy Cow. We might give him a shot over there on offense.’ Chris is so versatile. He’s a guy who can play QB, slot WR, DB and safety.”

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January 22nd, 2012
10:36 pm

SC: where QB brains are scrambled.

The Sham

January 22nd, 2012
10:42 pm

Congrats to this kid. Good luck except for when u play UGA!

Louis C

January 22nd, 2012
11:09 pm

Is his coach the Nebraska Mike Rozier?


January 22nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Sorry, Visor Boy. Say hey to Garcia for me, hahaha!


January 23rd, 2012
12:06 am

SC didnt offer him they wanted him to visit how can you say vandy beat out sc? really?

DB Chris Moody of McDonough, GA committed to Vanderbilt while on his official visit over the weekend. Moody is scheduled to visit USC next weekend. He also visited Central Florida and Memphis.


January 23rd, 2012
12:08 am

we looking at 2013 now lol

Elliott to be at Dillon Friday
By Phil Kornblut

USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has already landed a commitment from one of Dillon’s big two offensive linemen for 2013 in DJ Park. Now, he’s focusing on Bryce King and will be at the school Friday. King picked up offers this week from Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He also has offers from Clemson, LSU, North Carolina and NC State. King said Thursday night Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell has taken over recruiting his area for former assistant Kevin Steele, and he talked on the phone with Caldwell Thursday night. Tennessee was by the school earlier in the week. King said he will attend Clemson’s junior day January 28th, one at Tennessee in February and the junior day at USC. He has no favorite, and he said Park’s commitment to USC does not affect him though they have talked about playing together. King said he would make his decision about midway thru his senior season

GameCock Dave

January 23rd, 2012
8:05 am

Congrats to this kid – hope he has a very successful career.

I do not think we offered him yet, but we were certainly on that path.

Big Dawg – pretty bold talk from a fan of a school that has lost the last 2 games played against South Carolina – with Garcia as the QB.

Destin Dawg

January 23rd, 2012
8:18 am

Congrats Chris.. get a good education.. NFL = Not For Long


January 23rd, 2012
8:30 am

Big Dawg come on up to Columbia next year and get your whuuping with a different Gamecock QB!!!!

We run this state

January 23rd, 2012
9:11 am

The DAWGS didn’t want him and never offerred.


January 23rd, 2012
9:14 am

This is the dogs time of year, ask any pup fan, they are likely national champions every February. Don’t ask them when was the last time they beat a good team, 2006?, 2005?
Not exactly a genuis fan base if you know what I mean, lol.

Joe Garrett

January 23rd, 2012
9:48 am

NO, the Mike Rozier at Henry County High School is NOT the Mike Rozier of Nebraska lore. Different race for one thing. By the way, Rozier was fired at Henry and they’re still interviewing to fill his vacancy. Rozier should land somewhere soon, too good a coach not to!

Fact teller

January 23rd, 2012
10:08 am

Franklin telling the kid what he wants to hear. He will sign with Vandy, then be gone after one year.

Ghosts of the Plain

January 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

He had a firm offer from South Carolina according to all the recruiting sites.

Vandy , Fan

January 23rd, 2012
2:29 pm

And it looks like Lorenzo Ward will be doing an in school visit. Suck it Cocks. He’s all ‘Dore.

Concrete Pete

January 23rd, 2012
7:13 pm

Great decision. Although the Chickens try to say otherwise, USC has no tradition, AND a terrible academic history with their football players. Vandy has a program on the rise and one of the best educations in America. That degree is worth a lot

chili dawg

January 23rd, 2012
7:33 pm

Is this kid really 5 “2″?

Gamecock trapped in Georgia

January 24th, 2012
4:23 pm

The one tradition South Carolina has is beating Vandy.

concrete peter

January 24th, 2012
8:44 pm

Great decision. Although the Dawgs try to say otherwise, UGA is on the downswing, AND a terrible history of underachievement with their football players. Vandy has a program on the rise and one of the best educations in America. That degree is worth a lot


January 25th, 2012
8:13 am

USC is loaded at DB…and QB. Good luck at Vandy. At least he will not have to compete.


January 25th, 2012
8:36 am

vandy education ? way overrated,know personally a few graduates,and former football players.they weren’t too bright before they went,and after they graduated. ya’ll think you pulled a coup,but not that big a deal in columbia.good luck with your “education”, perennial losers


January 25th, 2012
1:29 pm

Damn good school. Hard to knock anyone who wants to go their. Good luck (except against the Dags)


January 31st, 2012
7:51 pm

Somebody visited SC and revised their decision. Great choice Chris! Welcome to the Gamecock Nation baby…