The casual college football fan may recognize the name Dylan Moses.
After all, Moses graced the cover of ESPN The Magazine when he was in eighth grade. Now, three years later and heading into his senior year of high school, he’s one of the most coveted recruits in America.
The five-star prospect has some encouraging news for Alabama, and that’s what we’ll begin today’s recap with.
Nation’s top OLB visiting Alabama Monday
Moses is expected to be on Alabama’s campus Monday when the Crimson Tide get back on the field for spring practice.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder told SEC Country in December that Alabama was on top for him.
“They lead because of their defense,” Moses told SEC Country. “For me, I see myself in it, thriving and being pushed to the absolute limit. 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.”
Moses has always been high on Alabama ever since the Crimson Tide offered him a scholarship in the eighth grade, but most recruiting experts expect he’ll end up at LSU when he makes his commitment.
The nation’s No. 2 overall recruit played for University Lab High School (Baton Rouge, La.) before transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior season. University Lab is practically on LSU’s campus, and Moses was committed to the Tigers until backing off his commitment this past summer.
With Moses now in Florida, it definitely helps Alabama’s chances to steal him away from LSU’s grip. However, Moses is very close to the Tigers coaching staff and sent this message to SEC Country when the Les Miles fiasco went down last season.
It’s going to be a battle for Alabama in order to land Moses, but the Crimson Tide will be in it until the end.
Two more elite recruits expected to be on campus Monday:
Ryan Johnson, four-star DE, Mobile, Ala. (2017)
Allan Walters, four-star QB, Paramus, N.J. (2018)
Five-star LSU commit high on Alabama
Alabama will also duke it out with LSU when it comes to five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin.
Shelvin, who is one of Alabama’s biggest priorities in the Class of 2017, visited Tuscaloosa Friday and came away impressed with the visit. So much so that the elite recruit had this to say about the status of his commitment to LSU.
“I’m starting to lose focus on them,” Shelvin said, according to Hank South of 247Sports.com. “It’s not the same as it was before. But it’s still good. I still have my options real open.”
That’s a pretty eye-opening comment coming from a guy who has been committed to LSU since March 2015.
Alabama is going to continue to chip away at Shelvin’s commitment, and it would not be a surprise if the Crimson Tide end up flipping him from the Tigers at some point before National Signing Day.
Along with Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson was arguably the most talked about recruit in the 2016 recruiting class.
Throughout Wilson’s recruitment, the five-star linebacker said for several months that Florida led for him. That changed in the final weekend leading up to signing day. His decision came down to Alabama and Georgia before he signed with the Tide on National Signing Day.
One of the biggest reasons why Wilson chose Alabama was because of his relationship with Nick Saban.
“Coach Saban is like a father figure to me,” Wilson said. “He’s one of those guys that everyone sees as a business person and always serious. Once you get to know him and you’re playing on his team, you get closer to him. I feel like he’s one of the greatest head coaches to ever live. He’s a cool guy, overall. I can talk to him about anything.”
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All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.