Recruiting Rewind: Gamecocks DB jokes around with George O’Leary

DB Chris Moody flipped from Vanderbilt to South Carolina right before National Signing Day (Photo by 247Sports.com)

DB Chris Moody flipped from Vanderbilt to South Carolina right before National Signing Day (Photo by 247Sports.com)

Chris Moody signed to play for Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks, but not without some drama. The football star from Henry County High School committed to Vanderbilt in late January but switched to South Carolina after taking a last-minute visit on the final recruiting weekend before signing day.

Moody will play defensive back, along with appearances at quarterback in the Wildcat formation, at South Carolina. He shared his recruiting experiences with the AJC:

What was the funniest thing any coach said to you? “It was [George O’Leary] at Central Florida. He asked me: Are you good with the verbs ‘is’ and ‘are’? I was like sure, you know, I do English. [O’Leary] said ‘Which one of these is correct? Is 3 and 2 … 6? Or are 3 and 2 … 6?’ I was like, ‘Coach, 3 and 2 is 6 [is correct grammar].’ He was like, ‘No, you’re wrong on both because 3 and 2 is … 5.’ He was making a joke. I thought it was funny because most coaches were serious all the time. He was trying to lighten up things because he knows that recruiting can be a heavy burden.”

Which school did you eliminate from consideration almost immediately because of something they said or did? “I would probably say Mississippi State. They didn’t say anything wrong. I just didn’t like the location they were at.”

What school came in second for you? “Vanderbilt. I actually committed to them first and switched to South Carolina.” What could Vanderbilt have done better? “Nothing, really. I liked South Carolina better.”

How did it go telling Vanderbilt you were signing elsewhere? “That was very tough because I had already committed to Vanderbilt. I gave them my word that I was coming and then I changed on them.”

Ex-Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary lightened up the stressful atmosphere of recruiting (AJC)

Ex-Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary lightened up the stressful atmosphere of recruiting (AJC)

How did Vanderbilt take the news? “I don’t think Coach [James Franklin] took it too nicely. There was his statement in the paper about guys who de-commit were ‘not men of honor,’ so I don’t think he took it too nicely.”

What do you think about playing for Steve Spurrier? “I haven’t played for him yet but people talk about him like he’s a legend.”

More Spurrier: When asked about moving UGA game from the beginning to the middle of the season. Spurrier said “I sort of always liked playing [UGA] that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.” What was your reaction to that? “Oh yeah, I saw that. Some Georgia fans were mad about that and talked bad about him. But he’s not as mean as people say he is. It was just a joke. I didn’t think people should take it personal. I thought it was kind of funny.”

What was the biggest recruiting rumor that wasn’t true about you? “I don’t know who started it but I think people stereotyped me by saying I only wanted to play quarterback in college. It wasn’t true because I was willing to play offense or defense, anywhere I could help a team.”

Which coach was it the hardest to tell you weren’t signing with them? “I would have to say South Florida’s [Skip Holtz] because when I went on my official visit, I think I was the only recruit there because it was on a Sunday. All the coaches spent the whole time with me and my family nonstop. When I had to tell them that I wasn’t going there, I felt really bad.”

Steve Spurrer signed 12 recruits of out Georgia for 2012 (AP)

Steve Spurrier signed 12 recruits of out Georgia for 2012 (AP)

Which college disappointed you the most during recruiting? “Florida. I always wanted to play at Florida. They had a coach visit our school once. He took my tape, said he would get back to me, and I never heard from Florida again.”

If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting? “It would probably be communication. They’ve got a lot of rules for when you can communicate and how you can do it. I think coaches should be able to openly recruit and communicate with you more often, and as early as your sophomore year.”

Which non-South Carolina coach was the nicest? “I think [Vanderbilt’s James Franklin] had to be the nicest. He was a genuine nice guy. He always had that smile on his face. Every time he was around you, he was your buddy. He’d sit there and tell jokes. He made it a great environment to be around him.

Which coach was not the nicest? “I wouldn’t say ‘not the nicest’ but [Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen] was pretty straight forward. He didn’t really make any jokes. He kind of told you the situation upfront and kept you on an even keel the whole time.”

WHILE WAITING FOR TONY PARKER’S CEREMONY TO END …

WHILE COUNTING DOWN TO THE NFL DRAFT …

SPRING FEVER

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20 comments Add your comment

We Run the East

April 25th, 2012
6:12 am

Go SC, win the SEC!

We Run the East

April 25th, 2012
6:14 am

East Repeat (We Run The East) is first!

East Repeat

April 25th, 2012
9:12 am

The only team that can repeat in the East is UGA, if you consider back to back as repeating, as most people do. Maybe Gamecock fans have a different definition.

Wes Mantooth

April 25th, 2012
9:16 am

What do you think about playing for Steve Spurrier? “I haven’t played for him yet but people talk about him like he’s a legend.”

Substitute the word A**hole for legend and this would be a correct statement

Johny 2Beers

April 25th, 2012
9:23 am

He may know his math but his grammar is lacking. Don’t end your sentence with a preposition sport!

Game Changer

April 25th, 2012
9:27 am

Spurrier may sign best QB in GA 2013 class. South Carolina also has an in to the top running back in the country Derrick Henry, alot of time left.

Woodrow

April 25th, 2012
9:44 am

Why on earth would you want to sign with South Carolina? Did he only have 4 offers? Vandy, Mississippi, Central Florida and South Carolina? Is this article worthy of even being written?

Obviously Florida didn’t want him…

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 25th, 2012
10:10 am

Spurrier has despised UGA ever since Stanfill kicked his butt on the ball field and UGA kept Spurrier and Florida from winning their 1st ever SEC championship. Losing the SEC East to UGA last year sticks in his craw. Losing to UGA this year may send him in to retirement. Loving it!

mjm

April 25th, 2012
10:43 am

Spurrier does’nt suspend has players for games no matter what they do. Unless of course, they are not playing well.

ATL Nole

April 25th, 2012
12:32 pm

Nice Article

Dawg1

April 25th, 2012
1:16 pm

slow day on the reservation

USC GAMEC0CK

April 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

Florida will regret not recruiting this kid….and UGa will wish they got him to …Glad he picked USC

Gamecockrock

April 25th, 2012
8:27 pm

Spurrier is UGA’s undisputed Daddy and will pound them in Columbia. It will be his best team. M Abe ever and he knows it. So do UGA fans.

chicken fans so rude and abnoxtious...

April 25th, 2012
8:30 pm

The way they run..exuse me.. “CLUCK” They’re mouths.. You would think they have won Atleast 8 football titles and 14 SEC titles by now but heck !! They don’t wanna hear it !! After all.. They’re and will always be SOUTH CAROLINA !!! LOL BTW !! As much as you wanna be Clemson. You will never get close to what they have accomplish.

gamecockrock..loves to rockhislilgamecock..

April 25th, 2012
8:33 pm

An embarrasement to the SEC !!! I wish they would “NEVER GOT INVITED”

Im a Bulldog Fan and some uscjr Fan...

April 25th, 2012
8:39 pm

Call me a “LOSER’ and i look back at him and said: How many Football titles have you won or SEC Titles?….I waited and waited for a response and never got one!! There.. I rest my case. You need to crawl before you can walk uscjr !!! Go Dawgs !!

BPMM

April 26th, 2012
8:51 am

Lotta haters from Jaw Jaw. Come take your woopin again on 10/6 and be quiet AGAIN for another year. Go cocks!!!

Lol

April 26th, 2012
10:16 am

Man, I love living in Georgia as a gamecock. I don’t think any fanbase has more whiners or is as fickle as the UGA fanbase. It’s wild.

And Johnny, with respect to “He may know his math but his grammar is lacking. Don’t end your sentence with a preposition sport!” Maybe you should learn correct usage of commas before you call out a high school kid for…lol…ending a sentence in a preposition in an informal setting.

tigerdug

May 1st, 2012
9:53 pm

This kid should fit right in over in Cootlumbia , medium talent with low expectations always does. Georgia will win the east easily , Sackerlina will finish 3rd .

WhySCAR

May 3rd, 2012
12:11 pm

It’s because ESPN just labeled South Carolina “DBU” based on NFL PRODUCTION over the last 5 years. Anymore questions?