Dylan Moses told SEC Country in a phone interview Monday afternoon that he’s relieved his recruitment is over. After spending five years in the national spotlight, he feels like committing to Alabama is the right choice.
Moses, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, committed to the Crimson Tide on Sunday, but he actually told the Alabama staff three days prior to his shocking announcement that he was going to choose the Tide.
He made it official Sunday morning at Nick Saban’s house during breakfast.
“We were just walking around his house. It was just me and him talking,” Moses said. “I told him I wanted to commit and then we sat down and started talking. He said he was going to honor (my commitment). Then he said I was one of the highest guys on his list and he’s glad he has me a part of the team now.”
Alabama would not have had him on the team if it wasn’t for LSU’s decision to fire Les Miles two weeks ago. Moses, for almost all of his recruiting process, was a strong LSU lean due in part because of his relationship with Miles.
Moses has described Miles as a family friend, and he would have played for The Mad Hatter if he was the Tigers coach in 2017.
“Oh yeah. No doubt. That would have been the school I would have went to if Les Miles was still there,” Moses said. “It’s a done deal (now). He’s gone. I still have a relationship with him, but I haven’t spoken to him since he was fired. I’m still going to keep a close connection with him.”
The Under Armour All-American also said that Alabama has always been a school he’s considered ever since he got offered by the Tide back in eighth grade, but again, he would not have been playing for Alabama if it wasn’t for Miles now being unemployed.
“I always told myself that if Les Miles was to ever leave LSU, Alabama would be my second choice,” Moses said. “That’s how it’s always been. When I got on that visit, it just reassured me that that was the place I wanted to be. What place would you rather be that than the place with the greatest college coach? For me, I had no choice but to go there. I love it there.”
One of the biggest reasons why Moses loves Alabama so much is because of Tide linebacker Reuben Foster. Moses describes Foster as his “big brother.” Foster was assigned to be Moses’ host for his official visit.
Foster told him about what to expect if he chose Alabama. He told him about how he needed to be patient with the coaching staff if he didn’t play immediately as a freshman.
Then Foster told him what Moses had been wanting to hear. The star linebacker told him he wanted him to follow in his footsteps and commit to Alabama.
“When Reuben came to me and told me he wanted me there, that right there just clicked in my mind,” Moses said. “He told me that the night before. When your idol football player comes and tell you that, that just sealed the deal.
“When he said that, it made me so happy inside. It made me just want to commit off of that. On top of that, I was thinking about once I finally got (there) wearing his number and honoring him. That was one of my thoughts, but I’m still thinking about it. At the same time, just being in the same presence as him was great.”
There were lots of questions about whether or not Moses is serious about his commitment, but he said his recruitment is over.
He even direct messaged several coaches elsewhere and told them he was no longer going to make his scheduled official visits.
“I am very serious. I am not taking any more visits,” Moses said. “If I take another visit, it’s going to be to Alabama. That’s about it.”
The IMG Academy star said he is going to start recruiting other players, but he’s not going to be open about his efforts. He said only after they commit to Alabama will he say he helped land that player for the Tide.
The LSU coaching staff did reach out to the Moses camp, but not Moses himself. Several LSU coaches called his parents to see what happened and if there was anything they could do to change his mind.
It won’t be happening though.
“I am 100 percent committed to Alabama.”