HOUSTON — Dylan Moses, a former LSU commit, tweeted during his visit to Alabama last week that the trip got him “wanting to commit again” and the visit “reassured why (Alabama) is my No. 1 school.”
Five days after those tweets, Alabama was no longer his No. 1 school. Texas leapfrogged Alabama mainly because of a conversation he had with Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong.
“It was the best conversation I’ve had with any coach,” Moses told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in Houston. “It was a better conversation than what I had with Alabama and LSU. The Texas conversation just really grasped my attention and raised my ears.”
The conversation with Strong wasn’t the only reason why the Longhorns moved to the top spot for the five-star linebacker from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). The depth chart may have been a bigger reason.
Alabama signed two five-star linebackers in the class of 2016 in Ben Davis, the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker; and Mack Wilson, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker.
“I like Alabama – I’m not going to lie – but at the same time, their need for linebackers and Texas’ need for linebackers are two completely different things,” Moses said.
There is a way for Alabama to regain the top spot for Moses, though. He said his eyes will be peeled on how each team performs this season, which could be good news for the Crimson Tide considering they just won a national championship. But even if Alabama repeats as champs, Moses is going to be focusing on other aspects of the team throughout the year.
“I’m not looking just at whether a team wins a national championship, I am looking at how the position group performs and how the coaches coach this season,” Moses said.
The recruiting pitches from both programs are similar, but there is one big difference that really intrigued Moses toward Texas.
“When I went to Alabama, they were telling me all about the national championships,” Moses said. “They reminded me that all of Nick Saban’s classes have won national championships at Alabama. I like the sound of that. But when I went to Texas, Charlie Strong was telling me how I would fit into the defensive scheme and the impact I would have in the entire state of Texas. I liked that a lot.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder said he’ll visit Alabama again sometime this summer and will likely take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this fall.
He’ll make his commitment at some point in December on SportsCenter before enrolling early at his school of choice.
Moses is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit and the No. 1 outside linebacker.
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.