BRADENTON, Fla. – The country’s most talented high school football team, the IMG Academy Ascenders, welcomed media from all over the country to their sprawling campus on Wednesday for media day.
Dylan Moses, perhaps the most talented player on a roster full of talented players, talked with Landof10.com about his interest in Ohio State. The Buckeyes are one of the official visits that Moses, the nation’s top-ranked linebacker and second-ranked overall 2017 prospect, plans to take this upcoming season.
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The former LSU commitment – and Baton Rouge, La., native – says that his interest in Ohio State is sincere even though he’s not yet visited the school or Columbus.
“It’s mainly what I’ve seen Ohio State produce at linebacker,” said Moses, referencing recent Buckeyes Ryan Shazier and Darron Lee when asked what prompted his seemingly out-of-the-blue interest in the Buckeyes. “They have some really outstanding linebackers that are in the NFL right now. I saw that draft class, and I talk to (linebackers coach Luke) Fickell all the time and he tells me what they do, how he keeps his linebackers in order, so I’m interested to see what they’ve got.”
For the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Moses, interest in the Buckeyes’ program isn’t recent. He says he’s been paying close attention to Ohio State since he watched them play LSU in the 2008 BCS Championship Game.
“I’ve always had an interest in them, ever since they played LSU in the national championship game,” he said. “I never took my eyes off of them and I’ve always wanted to take a visit. I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to get up there and see it.”
When he does get up to Ohio State for their Nov. 26 home game against Michigan, Moses will spend most of the time with Fickell. The longtime Buckeyes assistant has been the primary recruiter at IMG and continues to talk with the 5-star linebacker regularly. Urban Meyer has been working the phones a little bit, too.
“I’ve don’t talk to (Urban) Meyer all the time, but he’ll text me every once in a while. I know he’s a busy guy,” Moses said. “I talk to Fickell most of the time. We’ve got a good relationship and we talk a lot.”
Moses’ insists that right now everyone is in the same spot, despite the rumors that he’ll end up back at LSU or that Texas could be the dark horse spot to land him. He wants to get to Ohio State and experience what a game in Columbus is all about and he’ll do that just about a month before enrolling in the school of his choice come January.
“I see how big The Game is on TV,” Moses said of the trip to see the Buckeyes host the Wolverines. “I want to see it up close and personal and see how great it is, being my first experience at Ohio State. I want to see how the crowd is because I’ve heard the stadium is really big. I know it will be a great experience.”
Do the Buckeyes have a real chance? He says they do. Prior to an Ohio visit, Moses is getting an earful from two Ohio State commitments that line up on the same defense with him at IMG, defensive backs Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson.
“They’re always trying to get me to change up, to come to Ohio State and get up there for a visit,” Moses said of his teammates’ peer pressure. He says he appreciates their input, but obviously the decision will be his alone to make. “I get their perspective, what they think, but it’s my decision to make, of course.”
“Right now, everyone is evened out, I’m giving everyone a chance to recruit me. We should be done with our season by Nov. 19, so I’ll make a decision right after the season.”