In some ways, it’s merely a coincidence that when Dylan Moses returns home from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., he’s in Baton Rouge, La.
After all, that’s where Moses’ family resides. It just so happens to be where the LSU campus is located.
The nation’s top linebacker prospect in the Class of 2017 returned home on Tuesday and made an unexpected visit to LSU, where yet again he took in the sights and sounds of a site he’s all too familiar with.
The one-time LSU commit has made several visits back to the campus since the spring. He spent a week in Baton Rouge, La., during his spring break, taking in a number of the team’s spring practices and spending quality time picking the brain of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
Aranda was not on the coaching staff when Moses initially committed to LSU, but his presence has re-inserted the Tigers into the discussion as one of the most probable landing spots for the 5-star talent.
After visiting LSU for a week in April and being a part of several meetings with Aranda and the rest of the coaching staff, Moses told SEC Country he’s a huge fan of the new defensive coordinator and the scheme that has now been put into place.
“I was there visiting. I just went into the coaching meetings and went over schemes with Coach Aranda, and I decided to put them back into my top five,” Moses explained. “I really like the defensive scheme after talking to Coach Aranda.
“I just wanted to see more of the defense and see the team practice and get more and more details from the coaches. I sat in on a defensive meeting with them and I got to see everything that was going on, and I really liked it.”
The nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the class returned to Baton Rouge, La., again for the Bayou Picnic in late May, then a few weeks later for this most recent visit. He is expected to be back on campus again in about a month when LSU holds its second high school prospects camp, which is usually a star-studded affair.
Of course, the highlight from yesterday’s visit was Moses’ decision to proclaim his affection for his hometown team. The elite prospect tweeted that nothing would make him happier than seeing LSU win a national championship.
Let's not forget that the nation's top LB hails from Baton Rouge https://t.co/Fb6M42zY7B
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 21, 2016
This 140-character message can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but the easiest explanation is that Moses roots for the success of his hometown like most would. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a sign that he’ll commit to LSU or not, but that the team and program and coaches all hold a special place in his heart.
From a recruiting standpoint, however, it does reveal that the Tigers are quickly shooting up the ranks as Moses’ decision continues to inch closer and closer. Earlier this month, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prodigy announced he’ll be announcing his decision in December before enrolling early at whatever college he chooses.
It is SEC Country’s prediction that Moses puts on a purple and gold cap come decision day.
The IMG Academy product could wind up headlining a linebacking corps that makes for too perfect of a story. Outside backers is among LSU’s most glaring position of need as the team introduces Aranda’s new 3-4 front, which puts an even greater emphasis on the team landing the best prospect at the position, who just happens to hail from Baton Rouge, La.
Earlier this spring, Moses named Alabama and Texas as his leading schools — ahead of LSU — which certainly means both programs will remain in the conversation. However, the 5-star prospect continues to find himself at LSU and meeting with the Tigers’ coaches, giving us more and more reason to believe a homecoming is in his future.
After all, Moses believes he could be the next great LSU player to rock the No. 7. He would follow the same path as other elite talents such as Leonard Fournette, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.
If Game 7 of the NBA Finals taught us anything, it’s that winning a championship for your hometown is priceless. LeBron James did so for the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending a historical sports drought. There are too many similarities between James’ triumph and Moses’, and given the most recent revelations, LSU fans should feel a bit more confident six months away from hearing the hometown kid’s decision.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU 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 Tigers Stadium.