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Moses giving LSU every opportunity to sign him
We sure have talked quite a bit about Dylan Moses over the past week. I guess that’s what happens when you are the nation’s No. 4 overall player.
Moses, a 5-star outside linebacker from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), was in the news once again on Wednesday when he announced that he was no longer committing on Dec. 15. He’ll now announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 1.
The nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker said the reason for his decision to back up his commitment date was because it conflicts with a possible high school national championship on Dec. 16. Do I really believe he is pushing back his commitment date solely because of that? Absolutely not. The reason should be attributed to the presumed favorite school in his recruitment, LSU, firing Les Miles.
Pushing back his commitment date, in my opinion, shows me that Moses is giving LSU as much time as possible to get accustomed to its new coach, if it doesn’t decide to keep Ed Orgeron. He also told reporters on Wednesday that he may now visit LSU before he makes his commitment. That was not likely going to happen before the new commitment date.
Moses also said he now plans on taking an official visit to Houston. UCLA, which was going to receive an official visit, now likely won’t get one. He has visits set up to Alabama (this weekend), Ohio State, Miami and Texas, in addition to Houston. The visit to check out Houston will come in early December.
I think the visit to check out the Cougars is a big deal when evaluating where Moses’ recruitment stands. Tom Herman, one of LSU’s top targets for its coaching job, coaches Houston, so the official visit will give the 5-star recruit a very good opportunity to see the Tigers’ potential coach up close.
Alabama would love to add Moses in this recruiting class. He is one of the team’s top targets regardless of position. But his decision to push back his commitment date, potentially visit LSU and take an official visit to Houston shows me he’s doing everything he possibly can to give the Tigers the best shot at landing his signature.
If Kiffin left, would it affect Jones’ commitment?
Shortly after news broke on Wednesday that former 5-star quarterback Blake Barnett would transfer from Alabama, my focus shifted to how his sudden departure affected the Tide’s two QB commitments in the Class of 2017.
Both Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones are strongly committed to Alabama. I don’t see them de-committing from the Tide. But I did receive a question regarding Jones’ commitment and what would happen if offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin left Alabama after the season.
Kiffin has been rumored to want a head coaching opportunity elsewhere after the season. He sure has done a fantastic job as the Tide’s offensive coordinator since he’s been at Alabama, and it would not be a surprise to see him get another chance to be a head coach.
Kiffin played a big part in why Jones ultimately flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama this summer. But would Jones rethink his pledge to Alabama if Kiffin left? No, he won’t, according to a source.
The 4-star quarterback from Jacksonville, Fla., is locked in with his commitment.
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