The Alabama Crimson Tide scored a major victory on the recruiting trail Sunday when outside linebacker Dylan Moses joined their 2017 class.
Moses announced his decision on Twitter:
The 6’2½”, 235-pound 5-star recruit is the No. 6 overall prospect and the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2017 class, according to Scout.com.
Moses also played running back in high school.
Moses drew scholarship offers when he was a middle schooler and committed to LSU early in the process while playing most of his high school ball in the Tigers’ backyard at University High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. However, he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida before the 2016 season.
In February, Sonny Shipp of 247Sports noted the impact Moses’ transfer had on the state’s class, per Ross Dellenger of the Advocate: “If Dylan Moses is still at U High, people aren’t saying Louisiana is weak in 2017.”
Moses had decommitted from LSU in August 2015 and later made his top-five list Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas and UCLA.
In December, he said Alabama was the leader of the pack, per Drew Champlin of AL.com:
They lead for me because of their defense. For me, I see myself in it, thriving and being pushed to my absolute limit. And I also think Nick Saban is a fantastic coach and can adapt to any situation.
If I could learn everything he has to teach me and master it, I feel like I can improve not only as a great player, but later on as a better man as well. It’s not just about football with him.
Two-and-a-half years ago, James Smith of NOLA.com praised Moses for his poise: “The amount of hype he has seen at the early stages of his career is unprecedented, but he continues to remain humble and focused and as a result, he continues to improve.”
Assuming Moses plays on the defensive side of the ball, his athleticism should make him a force at the college level. He was fast enough to be a solid running back in high school and can use that speed to pursue ball-carriers from sideline to sideline and in the open field.
He is also powerful, delivering big hits to opposing backs. His explosiveness and instincts create pressure off the edge from the outside as well.
Moses has been on radars for years because he is arguably better suited than any other 2017 prospect to make an impact as a freshman, which will be music to the ears of Tide fans.
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