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Fletcher explains what went into Moses’ decision
Before Dylan Moses, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Alabama, Thomas Fletcher was one of a few select people who knew Moses was about to announce to the world that his recruitment was over.
Fletcher, a long snapper from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) who’s committed to Alabama, accompanied Moses on his official visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend.
Heading into both of their official visits this weekend, Fletcher had been feeling more confident as of late with Alabama’s chances of landing Moses. Like we had mentioned at SEC Country for several months, if LSU made a major coaching change, it would dramatically alter Moses’ commitment.
“I’ve always thought it was possible we’d get him,” Fletcher said. “When Les Miles got fired, I thought it was really possible. I’m just excited that he made the decision he made.”
Fletcher, the nation’s top-rated long snapper, woke up Sunday feeling extra confident that Moses could possibly announce his commitment. Moses was originally expected to announce his commitment on Dec. 15, but he delayed it last week to Jan. 1, which is the day of the Under Armour All-American game.
Though Miles, who Moses is very close to, was fired from LSU, most people in the recruiting industry believed he was still going to choose LSU. Fletcher, despite that, continued working Alabama in his mind ever since he committed.
“I’ve been trying to sell him on Alabama since July,” Fletcher said. “It’s been a long time of talking to him about it. It’s nice to have him now locked in with Alabama. He’s really excited about playing with us. Our class is going to be unbelievable once we get all of the guys in that we’re talking to. It’s going to be unreal.”
Fletcher’s recruiting efforts were not working at first, though. This July at The Opening, Nike’s prestigious high school football camp, Moses told SEC Country he was “iffy” about Alabama because the team has three other linebacker commitments in 4-star prospects Markail Benton, VanDarius Cowan and Gary Johnson.
At that time, it looked highly unlikely Moses was going to choose Alabama.
His mind changed over time, though. Just last month, Moses told SEC Country that he was no longer iffy about Alabama after long talks with coach Nick Saban and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi. They assured him that he was still the team’s No. 1 uncommitted priority at linebacker and there would always be room for him in the Class of 2017.
Since Fletcher has known Moses, the 5-star prospect has repeatedly mentioned Alabama as a school he could himself attending.
“He’s been talking about Alabama seriously for a long time,” Fletcher said. “He’s had the offer for five years now. When you know you want to be somewhere, you just know. For him, he always knew it was a possibility, which is my guess. It just clicked for him this weekend.”
When Moses told Fletcher of his decision a few hours before he went public with it, the Under Armour All-American was calm and collected. Fletcher describes Moses as a very soft-spoken, even-keeled kid.
“He’s an unbelievable football player, which is obvious, but he’s also a really great guy,” Fletcher said. “A lot of big-time recruits who have been in the national spotlight since they were 14 have pretty big personalities and are pretty big-headed, and he’s just not at all. He’s a really quality dude.”
Unlike Moses, Fletcher was not calm and collected. He was ecstatic.
“I was freaking excited when he told me,” Fletcher said. “We (Alabama) were hoping something was going to come out of this visit. I was pretty confident we were going to have a shot at him. I was excited to play with him this year at IMG and now we’re going to play together for the next four years.”
Fletcher will now work on recruiting another IMG teammate for Alabama, 4-star JACK prospect Robert Beal. Beal is committed to Georgia, but he also was on the official visit with Fletcher and Moses. Beal was with Fletcher when Moses told both of them about his commitment.
The long snapper knows it’s going to be difficult to flip Beal’s commitment, but Moses’ decision has Fletcher thinking anything is possible.
“I’m working on Beal. It’ll be a hard one, but Dylan was a hard one, too,” Fletcher laughed.
As far as how Fletcher’s visit went, it just made him realize that his commitment to Alabama this summer was the right choice.
“I love the team I have here and knowing that I am going to have a similar experience going into the next four years was really exciting to see,” Fletcher said. “It was just another chance to assure myself of my decision. I was never unsure, but it just completely solidified my feelings of the place.”
So pumped to get to play next level with you my brotha! Roll Tide Roll baby???️? https://t.co/UF9mhkzRNU
— Thomas Fletcher (@longsnapfletch) October 2, 2016
Alabama commits react to Moses’ commitment
The commitment of Moses was a giant one for Alabama, and several of his future Crimson Tide teammates reacted to the news on Twitter and through messages to SEC Country.
Here’s what several Alabama commits had to say about Moses’ commitment:
• 4-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan: “I like it. It gives me a reason to grind even harder now.”
• 4-star offensive tackle Elliot Baker: “He made the best decision ever.”
• 3-star tight end Kedrick James: “It’s a great decision. I’m glad he’s part of the family now.”
• 3-star offensive guard Hunter Brannon: “I think it’s awesome. He is an outstanding player.”
• 5-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood:
My recruiting efforts worked after all ?
— Alex Leatherwood (@Alskee_) October 2, 2016
• 5-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa:
@Dylan1Moses_ congrats brotha?
— Tua Tagovailoa (@Tuaamann_) October 2, 2016
• 4-star running back Brian Robinson:
— Brian Robinson (@BrianR_4) October 2, 2016
• 4-star quarterback Mac Jones:
— Mac Jones (@macjones2017) October 2, 2016
• 4-star WR Jerry Jeudy:
Let's Eat ? https://t.co/xrdxa3SkHY
— JJ⁴ (@jerryjeudy) October 2, 2016
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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