EXCLUSIVE: Nation’s No. 1 recruit strongly defends Les Miles: “It’s wrong”
Dylan Moses, the nation’s No. 1 recruit for 2017, is fired up about the ongoing situation involving LSU and Les Miles.
Moses, a 5-star linebacker from University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.), plays his high school football almost directly across the street from Tiger Stadium and was once an LSU commit.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has never lost love for LSU and coach Les Miles since de-committing from the school in August.
Late Monday night, Moses sent SEC Country an exclusive message when asked what he thought of Miles possibly being bought out of his contract. Here’s the message in its entirety (edited for clarity purposes):
“To be honest, I personally think it’s wrong. I have a good relationship with coach Miles, and you have to think about it. Before the three losses, people weren’t talking about firing him because LSU was undefeated. Now look, I think everything is a process. Just like how last year LSU was a really young team. Then they grew. They have improved since last year, and I feel like that they’ll improve even more next year maybe to even win it all OR win most of their regular season games. LSU really has a bright future. … Just really takes some strong supporters and faithful fans to actually see it. I mean, even though I de-committed from LSU, it was only for me to explore and view my options, but I still have love for the school no matter what. I just hate how the media is bashing coach Miles like that. I’m friends with all of his kids, and I also played alongside his son Manny Miles, so I actually have a real relationship with the man. I just wish they’d give him some slack. Just like there’s a slogan “Built by Bama,” LSU is building their program back to that strong team they used to be. Once these guys keep strengthening their mindset and set a TEAM GOAL on where they want to be and what they have to do and get the incoming recruits to have that same mindset once they come, they’ll be just fine. Maybe even an unstoppable force. The last time LSU had an 11-win season was in 2011. They’ve lost a lot since then. Honestly I think they’re doing a great job as far as the rebuilding process goes. I think maybe next season they’ll be ready. Like I said, it’s all a process. Coach Miles knows what he’s doing. You’re not going to become great overnight. It takes time and patience. God has a plan for these guys and coach Miles.”
If Miles were to leave LSU, how would that affect Moses’ recruitment?
“To be honest, that is still yet to be decided,” he said. “I know for sure if I don’t end up at LSU, I’ll end up somewhere in the state of Texas or Alabama.”
Moses went on to describe why Miles means so much to him. It’s clear that his recruitment would be impacted if Miles was to depart from the school.
“He’s like a family friend, Moses said. “You know, he’s a really outgoing man and down to Earth. He loves to joke around. I love his personality. He’s definitely a great guy to be around.”
The 5-star could not recall the best moment he’s ever had with Miles because there are too many to recall, he says.
Chris Kirschner covers recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SEC Country. Follow him on Twitter for the latest with SEC recruiting.
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