BATON ROUGE, La. — Aaron Moffitt loves a lot of people.
He loves his parents and the examples they’ve set for him. He loves his older brother Clay and grew up wanting to do everything he did. He loves his former defensive coordinator Matthew Burmaster, saying he’s like a second father to him. He loves Catholic High School’s new football coach Gabe Fertitta. That guy’s all energy.
And that’s not even mentioning his football idols.
Moffitt, a defensive line signee for LSU football’s recruiting class of 2017, said he loves the way LSU senior Christian LaCouture works. And he loves watching former LSU defensive end Lewis Neal play. But above all else, Aaron Moffitt loves Kyle Williams.
“If I could model myself after any defensive lineman, it would be Kyle Williams,” Moffitt said. “Kyle Williams is probably the greatest defensive tackle to come through LSU. He’s a great player. What he brings to the table is nothing comparable to a lot of those guys. He won a national championship. He’s played  years without a Super Bowl. He’s stayed in Buffalo. He had a quote not too long ago about why he’s staying. He said he hasn’t gotten what he wanted yet. He wants to be a champion.”
An 11-year NFL veteran and former LSU football standout, Williams has spent all 11 years of his career with the Buffalo Bills. In his time in Buffalo, Williams has made 40.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and made more than 500 tackles. He’s one of three active defensive tackles with more than 40 career sacks and an approximate value of 80 or higher.
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Needless to say, Moffitt has found a player worthy of emulating in Williams. But there’s a bit of a rub.
Officially listed at 6-foot-2 and 253 pounds, Moffitt is dwarfed by the 300-pound Williams. Moffitt said he sees himself as a defensive tackle at the next level, but doesn’t expect himself to ever play heavier than 275 pounds.
That’s where Neal comes back in.
“I like watching Lewis Neal play,” Moffitt said. “I’m kind of similar to Lewis Neal. Big and strong, but he can also rush the passer though and get to the quarterback. I kind of see myself playing what Lewis Neal played and I think I could do it pretty well.”
Moffitt played in a hybrid 5-2 and 4-3 defense in high school, primarily outside the tackle on the strong side. He thrived in that role, twice earning All-State honors and helping lead his team to a state championship victory as a junior behind 12 sacks and 14 TFLs.
Of course, the position Moffitt played in high school doesn’t really exist in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 base LSU defense. And there were other schools that tried to stress this during Moffitt’s recruitment.
But those other schools were thinking about the past. Moffitt prefers to look to the future.
“There’s been a lot of colleges trying to recruit me saying how they’re a 4-3 and that sounded great, but as far as my future, I think I see myself as a tackle,” Moffitt said.