HOUSTON — Much of the LSU-centric Twitterverse went head over heels earlier this week when the nation’s No. 2 prospect arrived on campus Tuesday.
Dylan Moses, the former LSU commit, returned to Baton Rouge, La., and posted a photo with Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette, suggesting he could take Fournette’s jersey number if he were to re-pledge to his hometown Tigers.
The No. 7 has belonged to many current and former LSU greats. That includes Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and now Fournette. Is Moses next on that list?
That’s the plan, at least that’s what the LSU coaches are hoping for, Moses told SEC Country on Sunday.
“They want to be the next No. 7 over there,” Moses said during The Opening Regionals in Houston. “So, that’s something I’m really thinking about it, but I’m taking it day by day.”
The recruiting process has provided a near-daily shift in momentum as it pertains to Moses’ recruitment.
The five-star outside backer began the week at Alabama before attending not one, but two LSU spring practices on Tuesday and again on Thursday.
Moses ended the week with a visit to Texas on Saturday, and afterwards released an updated top five, with the Tigers re-surfacing in the No. 3 spot.
“I was there visiting. I just went into the coaching meetings and went over schemes with Coach (Dave) 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.”
The Aranda effect cannot be overstated, either.
The first-year LSU defensive coordinator deserves no shortage of credit for Moses’ revived interest in his hometown school.
After sitting in on Aranda’s defensive meetings on Tuesday, Moses was intrigued enough to return two days later to try and absorb even more information at another practice.
“I just wanted to see more of the defense and see the team practice and get more and more details from the coaches,” he said. “I sat in on a defensive meeting with them and I got to see everything that was going on, and I really liked it.
“It intrigues me a lot, being able to listen to him talk,” Moses said of Aranda. “I think he has a quiet demeanor and that he’s a thinker, and I really like that.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Baton Rouge, La., native is LSU’s top target at a position that will be a major focal point in the 2017 recruiting class. Linebacker depth is of the utmost importance, and reeling Moses in would likely result in early playing time.
That possibility has already crossed the five-star linebacker’s mind.
“Being that I’m going to be an early enrollee, I could start when I first get there, being that they (LSU) has a lack of linebacker problem over there,” Moses said. “They have been recruiting me since I was in the eighth grade, but this is a different experience.”
Since LSU extended an offer to Moses as a 13-year-old, his recruitment has seen its share of leaps and bounds.
That includes a de-commitment from the nation’s top linebacker and him favoring a host of other schools, including SEC West rival Alabama and now, Texas.
The Tigers re-establishing themselves as legitimate contenders in the past week should not come as a surprise, though, Moses warned.
LSU will always have a place in the five-star’s heart, and Moses expects the team to be an option until signing day.
“I can’t be done with them and I had to have them in my top five,” he said, adding LSU will “definitely” be in the race until the finish line.