Moody’s recruitment, release a mystery

A full day after I had left him my first message, Boyd English, the principal at Emanuel County Institute, finally called me back yesterday. He said he wanted to make a statement about Dexter Moody, the ECI linebacker from whom Georgia rescinded its scholarship offer after Moody got into some recent trouble at the school.

I was hoping Mr. English was going to shed a little light onto this murky situation but he really didn’t. Moody told me he was recently suspended for an argument he had with one of his teachers down there. Mr. English would neither confirm or deny that. “That was Georgia’s decision and I won’t go into that,” he said. The only thing he’d go on the record about was Moody’s character.

“Dexter is like any other 17-year-old student-athlete that has remarkable athleticism,” English told me. “Our job as educators is to prepare Dexter for the future, for life after high school. Dexter’s a great kid and I don’t want things portrayed negatively about one of my students. Dexter’s not a trouble-maker and he’s going to have some other great opportunities.”

Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl as to what may have actually occurred and just how serious it may have been. I know this: Georgia doesn’t freely yank scholarship offers from prep All-American linebackers it has already signed. And the Bulldogs aren’t talking either. Because they rejected his national letter of intent, they’re saying Moody is now a “recruitable prospect” and NCAA rules won’t permit them to comment on him. Meanwhile, Moody tells me it’s not that big of a deal because he really didn’t want to go to UGA anyway.

Moody’s coach, Milan Turner, was quoted as saying Georgia had given Moody a list of steps he needed to follow in order to meet all the requirements for admission and eligibility and that Moody hadn’t done so. With all the mystery surrounding Moody’s recruitment, I’m left to wonder if the Bulldogs had any business signing this kid in the first place.

What’s your impression?

UPDATE ON MOODY:

I received a response to the open records request I filed with UGA regarding the decision to revoke Dexter Moody’s letter of intent. The information is not very enlightening, quite frankly. Just some letters from CMR to Moody congratulating him on signing with Georgia and some correspondences from UGA admissions to the school stating they were missing some important information on both Moody and fellow ECI signee Washaun Ealey. The only thing that was remotely telling was an e-mail from athletic admissions administrator Glada Horvat to a UGA admissions person stating, “We are releasing Dexter Moody from his Letter of Intent today (3/16). Apparently there was some altercation at the school. . . .” She went on to instruct him to pull some kind of form and let Moody’s application get rejected.

Now for some links:

Here’s our report from Tim Tucker on Georgia’s first day of spring football practice. . . .

You have to love this: Donald Trump blogs about Herschel Walker. Walker is currently on the cast of Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice Show. . . .

Apparently the press conference Florida State President T.K. Wetherell held in Tallahassee yesterday was quite entertaining . . . and revealing.

59 comments Add your comment

ValdostaMike

March 18th, 2009
8:26 am

If there were stipulations on his recruitment, why not give the kid a chance? CMR gave him a chance, he didn’t comply and that is that. Let him now go to gainesville and be with those of like character.

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
8:30 am

“Meanwhile, Moody tells me it’s not that big of a deal because he really didn’t want to go to UGA anyway.”

This kid has major mommy issues. Please go to Florida Dexter. I beg you.

Andy in Ohio

March 18th, 2009
8:33 am

Sounds like they took a chance on this kid and that he wasn’t taking their requirements seriously, and they cut him before he caused any more trouble. They probably saw down the line that they’d be suspending him a couple times and then kicking him off the team anyway, so this is a better use of his and their time to go ahead and politely ask him to leave.

I’m sure he’ll turn up at one of the other SEC schools or Florida State. They have no problem with guys with academic issues there!

Tom

March 18th, 2009
8:47 am

Obviously it goes beyond simple academic issues. It’s not like UGA doesn’t regularly sign kids who aren’t NCAA-qualified then pin their names to their shirts and ship them off to Hargrave or a JUCO to get a brain transplant.

The University denied Mr Moody’s admission, which goes beyond simply “pulling his scholarship”. Once his LOI was signed, it’s not like Saint Mark just says, “Uh…..never mind”, and the letter is voided. Do some reading.

haney

March 18th, 2009
8:58 am

Scholarships are not guaranteed, they are letters of “intent”. Obviously this kid had some issues before he signed his and thus the UGA staff put him on notice, do it this way or else. Like many kids his age, he probably thought they were just saying that and has not found out differently. As a UGA grad and fan, I have no problem with Coach Richt letting him go now. It gives the kid a chance to maybe find a home somewhere else. It also sets the tone for the kids in Athens and being recruited that last year is behind us. I am not going to say there will be no problems with the law in the coming months but I do believe Richt let the team believe/read the press clippings last year and they paid for it on the football field.

As for Moody saying he didn’t want to go to UGA anyway, I find that hard to believe. But, if that is indeed the case, again it is best we cut him loose now. I wish the kid the best and I really hope he gets his life in order and makes something of himself.

Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
9:03 am

I have a feeling whatever Moody did or didn’t do will eventually surface. We’ll put TMZ on it…

Lars Taint

March 18th, 2009
9:19 am

Thanks for the informative spring practice updates!

shards1967

March 18th, 2009
9:47 am

Thugs are always given one or two or three chances to play major college ball. This kid apparently was given about 8 chances with his personal comportment, academics and such. He has chosen not to follow the rules and the roadmap that were set up for him. Maybe it is best for all concerned that he not attend UGA. Let him go where he will be happy. I will be happy knowing that he is not anoter UGA thuge being arrested this summer in Athens. We have had enough of that.

We need more of the Terry Hoagues ALL AMERICAN/NFL )and less of this kind of thug trash.

UGA Class of 73- Shards

Hondo

March 18th, 2009
10:06 am

Check out his conduct at the Under Armour All Star Game in orlando if you want to see where this all started…The last incident just finalized the decision…

Joey

March 18th, 2009
10:07 am

Typical Georgia recruiting class. Georgia recruits great players, but one-third of the class never makes it to campus.

[...] swirling about what Moody did to warrant a yanked scholarship, but the principal at his school says he’s “not a trouble-maker and he’s going to have some other great opportunities.”UF:  Florida’s coaches [...]

Don

March 18th, 2009
10:24 am

Joey,

I think you are using bad math. Georgia does not routinely not get 1/3 of its recruits in. It usually boils down to 1, maybe 2, which is about 5% to 10% of the total recruits, hardly 1/3, which is 33%.

Please take your agenda to your favorite teams website and apply your bad mathematics there.

Desert Dawg

March 18th, 2009
10:27 am

In another year it will be “Dexter who”? The high school kids have become celebrities…we have done it to them. All this business about announcements, picking different caps, wearing hidden t-shirts is a bunch of crap. I doubt we will ever get the genie back in the bottle but I miss the days of kids picking teams because they want to join a tradition and leave a legacy vs. “how can I elevate my celebrity status?”. It is obvious that CMR realized where this kid was going and wisely decided not to go there. Good luck Dexter…I am sure Lane Kiffen will find a gas pump that fits your hand.

hmmm

March 18th, 2009
10:32 am

Not sure if there is any truth to the rumors but message boards mentioned a coaches’ wife was involved with an ECI student athlete a couple months ago. FWIW.

Seems it has just been a combination of things and I don’t believe Mr. Moody is telling the entire truth of the matter. The next thing he will say is the didn’t inhale. But remember, he is still a kid and hopefully will become a fine young man.

Cameron

March 18th, 2009
10:32 am

We do not offer scholarships unless we fully intend to admit these kids. They obviously had an agreement with Moody on a process to ensure he qualified and stayed out of trouble. He didn’t follow this plan and his scholarship got rescinded. Nobody’s fault, but his own.

My guess is he wasn’t doing what he needed to academically. UGA was probably disappointed, but was willing to send him to Hargrave and work it out. Then when he got into trouble and got suspended from school, UGA said “that’s enough.” By undconditionally releasing him, they are giving him another chance. Just not with UGA.

Chip Towers

March 18th, 2009
10:51 am

Lars Taint: Tim Tucker filed a report from spring practice, which I’ve linked above. Other than that, not sure what updates you were expecting. It was the first day of spring practice in March. They practiced for two hours in shorts. About 20 players were in green jerseys signifying they are injured. Not a lot to glean other than that.

JB

March 18th, 2009
10:51 am

Sounds like Georgia Tech would be good for him. It would finally give them a 4 star player and bring that 49 th ranked recruiting class down to 45 or so.

AltamahaDawg

March 18th, 2009
10:52 am

Gen, what are you saying? He used the yiddish term for teacher?

franchise4

March 18th, 2009
11:00 am

For what it’s worth the Athens Banner Herald has a report that Jancek offered him the opportunity to go to Georgia Military College and possibility return to Athens at a later date. Moody refused the offer and UGA cut ties with hin

Georgia Tech

March 18th, 2009
11:01 am

Georgia Tech doesn’t need highly regarded recruiting classes to win.

RxDawg

March 18th, 2009
11:09 am

Sounds like were triming the fat. I can only imagine were better off without him. Too bad we didn’t pick up that LB out of columbus that went to USC. I guess that’s a priority for next year.

Not at Florida State

March 18th, 2009
11:18 am

Loaded at LB. Dekoda Watson, Nigel Bradham, Maurice Harris, Kendall Smith, Nigel Carr, Mister Alexander, Vince Williams and new signee C.J. Mizell.

No room at the inn.

JD

March 18th, 2009
11:26 am

I know you’ve got to come up w/ slick ways to keep the avg fan interested in your newspaper…especially during times like these. But frankly Chip, as close as you are to the team, its pretty damn comical that you would take the time to write an article like this. Seriously, for anyone that has been following UGA and UGA recruiting over the past 6 months they would know the following:
- there have been rumblings about DM’s personal life choices since the Fall of 2008.
- out of all of our 2009 signees, DM is/was considered to be the least likely to qualify academically.

This information has been well publicized on both Rivals and Scout, so no doubt in mind, if I knew about it, so did you.

Again, the lengths you folks will go to create a story is BS journalism, on par with National Enquirer IMO. Even though you were taking an angle against UGA for your story, it still stands that you are over-publicizing a very serious issue for an 18 year old kid. A kid who should’ve taken his opportunity more seriously. Having watched him play in the dome and at the UA game, I was both impressed and excited to see him suit up as a Dawg. As it stands now, word is he’ll end up at a place like Central Michigan. A far cry place from Athens or Gainesville IMO.

Tom

March 18th, 2009
11:30 am

Cameron……who, exactly, is “we”? Are the “they” and the “we” not the same folks? Your role in all this is…what?

Boston Williams

March 18th, 2009
11:30 am

Does anyone know if the great football-baseball prospect who signed with UNC will actually enroll there, or will he opt for baseball. I believe his name is Donnovan Tate.

Tom

March 18th, 2009
11:42 am

Boston, he’s projected pretty high in the MLB draft so it’ll come down to how big a bonus the club that drafts him is offering. It’s rare that a kid taken in the first 2 rounds (incl suppl) turns down that money…..but……look at the economy right now.

Notice the attendance at sporting events the last couple of months? See all the empty seats at conference hoops tourneys? If the economy continues to carry that type of impact into MLB attendance, clubs will be taking a budget bath on not only ticket sales but “back-end” revenues like concessions/merchandise. The last time that happened (strike-shoretened season), signing bonuses were pretty small. That left some high picks heading to school and waiting a couple of years for the money.

dawgmanwayx

March 18th, 2009
11:48 am

I’m with JD….the media would be quick to butcher Richt if he embarrassed this kid and gave details. I’m glad his principal spoke well of him, but geez, UGA didn’t release a stud lb’er prospect for nothing. Let Richt/UGA save face for this kid, and leave it at that.

dogfan

March 18th, 2009
11:55 am

This is a loss for the Ga. dogs as well as for Moody. I have watch this kid for the past 4 yrs. One of the best atheletes I have ever seen. Can play DE, CB, LB, and is a heck of a WR. Mark did the right thing by pulling his scholarship. Moody has admitted he that he had an arguement with a teacher among other things. He needed an attitude adjustment. Yes I wanted to watch this kid in Athens on Saturdays because he would have been a big play maker for the dogs. But sometimes, these kids that are put on a pedistal have to understand that they are just a kid and have to listen and have respect for the teachers that are there to help them and prepare them for life. Moody will no doubt be playing for someone on Saturdays, just hope it is not one of our rivals. As far as the commnet made above by hmmm about the coach’s family, It is not true and was investigated. Let it be. Just a bad rumor.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 18th, 2009
12:15 pm

So the village idiot Huh?, has lost all of his blogging ammo about CPJ pulling a scholarship. LMAO.

What a douche!!!

When it comes to the mutt nation, you can’t make this crap up!!!

That’s right, you fleabags didn’t want him anyway!!!LMAO

Chip Towers

March 18th, 2009
12:44 pm

JD: I know and apparently you know a great deal about Moody’s situation and his odds of gaining admission to Georgia. But people like you, who say they read scout and rivals and already know everything there is to know, represent about 1 percent of the people that are interested in Georgia athletics. I write and report for 100 percent of those people. And I’ve taken no “angle” on this story. I’ve merely proposed the issue as a matter of discussion in this forum. I do appreciate your thoughts on the subject but I don’t think you fully understand a newspaper’s role in reporting on such sensitive matters.

Dogfan1

March 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

Hey, when you throw a chair at a teacher you have some character issues…nuff said, move on.

DawgBite

March 18th, 2009
12:46 pm

Georgia Tech doesn’t need highly regarded recruiting classes to win.

LMAO! ROFL! The backbone of your entire team last year was Chan’s top 10 rated class from 2007. You’ll find out real very quickly that GT does in fact have to have better recruiting classes than 49th (LMAO!! AGAIN) when those guys are gone. Of course look for the great CPJ to bail right about the time Chan’s guys graduate (LMAO!) flunk out, or are declared ineligible, leaving GT with one hell of a mess for the next coach to live with. You will see in no uncertain terms that yes, recruiting does matter and talent helps. Which by the way Tech won’t have when CPJ leaves thanks his 49th rated recruiting effortss.

BILLY JACK

March 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

Joey UGA lost one recruit last year Toby Jackson-state facts or shut the f–k up.

SEC1

March 18th, 2009
1:01 pm

Ramble on:

Dude, you’re back again.

Don’t you need to wash your jockstrap or something?

Gen Neyland

March 18th, 2009
1:06 pm

Altdawg : Not only that, he applied a Pig Latin twang to it…

gdawginkalamazoo

March 18th, 2009
1:16 pm

JD, yes Mount Pleasant, MI is a far cry from Athens. If Moody does end up there the only place he could possibly find trouble is in the casino. I might get to see play against Western Michigan if he does come North. Good for Richt and UGA for respecting the kids right to privacy on this thing.

Chip, thanks for taking care of us 99% that don’t have the time or motivation to go looking for recruiting stories on pay per sites.

I am a little disappointed in Lars Tate for not talking his son into going to UGA. He probably could have played one or both sports if he didn’t turn pro. Hey we have an extra spot this year now.

Too Easy

March 18th, 2009
1:57 pm

Ramble knows that the situations are totally different. Huh? still has his ammo.

DawginLex

March 18th, 2009
2:03 pm

Richt finally took the bull by the horns and rid himself of one of these future police blotters before the damage could be done. Smart move. CPJ would give him a scholarship if he would consider the nerd herd.

Rambler bashes regardless because of his constant obsession with UGA and the realization that “he is not one of us” and is a 90 year old nerd engineer who enjoys bashing student athletes who don’t choose to turn themselves into an obnoxious overbearing creep like himself.

Lord have mercy I’m glad I didn’t go to Tech…………………

NGB

March 18th, 2009
2:14 pm

Maybe Brian Butler could “advise”Dexter what to do>

Cuz

March 18th, 2009
2:37 pm

I didn’t really want to go the Georgia anyway, I hear the grapes are sour in the athletic cafeteria.

Cuz

March 18th, 2009
2:37 pm

to instead of the

BULLDOG FAN

March 18th, 2009
2:41 pm

FOR THE ONES WHO KEEP TALKING TRASH BOUT COACH TURNER’S WIFE-IT IS JUST THAT TRASH!!! IF PEOPLE DIDN’T HAVE RUMORS TO KEEP THEM GOING, WHAT WOULD THEY DO? MOODY IS AN AWESOME PLAYER, BUT IF HE DONE WHAT HAS BEEN SAID THEN HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO GO TO GEORGIA. WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT COACHING STAFF IN TWIN CITY AND OBVIOUSLY LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE JEALOUS. AS FOR RUMORS OF COACH TURNER LEAVING TWIN CITY, FAT CHANCE!!!

Cuz

March 18th, 2009
2:42 pm

I hope the kid gets his life in order and I hope he suceeds at a University somewhere. But we do not need someone who will not follow rules given by the coaching staff. We have been down that road before and I am glad we took a you turn as quick as we did.

JD

March 18th, 2009
3:12 pm

No Angle? The title of your article is: Moody’s Recruitment, release a mystery.
What was mysterious about Moody’s recruitment? Enlighten me. Your article accomplished nothing but to help perpetuate a sad story. Even if you were successful in finding out what infractions caused UGA to release the kid, academic issues aside, do you really think its appropriate for you or your few followers to write about it?

By the way, there are far juicier stories out there IMO. For example, why hasn’t UGA received a single verbal yet? This time last year, the program had 5+.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 18th, 2009
3:22 pm

I wouldn’t worry about no verbal commitments yet. The kids now days have advisor/rappers working with them. The way these things should go and we would all like to see them go is the way Branden Smith handled his recruitment and commitment. Make your commitment and stick to it. Let your play on the field do your talking for you.

uga_b

March 18th, 2009
3:31 pm

Chip has the cognitive ability to analyze a situation impartially and declare it a mystery. Thats not an angle.

Anyhoo, I am with the posters who see this as cutting off trouble at the pass. Hopefully it will workout for him like it did for Michael Grant. I hate to lose anyone except those who are already lost.

Huh?

March 18th, 2009
4:16 pm

JD needs his diaper changed ASAP. Good grief.

dawgster

March 18th, 2009
4:23 pm

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volman

March 18th, 2009
4:25 pm

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Dawgtime

March 18th, 2009
4:46 pm

What mystery? The kid crossed the line. It is cut and dry to me. Coach Richt said that he was going to take a stand on disclipline. The kid gained a sense of entitlement and lost his mind. Hey Dexter, lose the attitude and grow up and become a man. The attitude will destroy your future. I wish the best for you, but your lack of class is not needed at UGA. Lose the thugish attitude and become a quality young man. Go DAWGS.