Tadarian Moultry has a top five of Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Clemson, but he admits that if he were picking a school today, he would stay in-state.
Moultry, a four-star inside linebacker from Jackson-Olin High School (Birmingham, Ala.), told SEC Country why he would choose to remain in Alabama when he decides to choose a college.
“Those are my top two choices right now — in-state,” Moultry said. “I’m thinking about the future. Not everyone gets drafted. If I stay in-state, I would remain close to my family. That’s very important to me.”
The nation’s No. 9 inside linebacker said both Alabama and Auburn are at the top of his list, with the Tigers having a slight edge over the Crimson Tide after his recent trip to Auburn last weekend. He told SEC Country what he likes about both of those schools.
On Alabama: “Their graduation rate is very high. I really like their linebackers coach (Tosh Lupoi). Every one of their linebackers get playing time at some point. It may not happen freshman year, but come sophomore year, you get to play, and then when junior year rolls around, you become a really good player.”
On Auburn: “I love how they treat me as family there. They have been watching me since my ninth grade year. I think about it all of the time — if they didn’t offer me — would I have all of these offers? Auburn will always be at the top of my list because they were the first ones to give me a chance.”
Moultry doesn’t know when he’ll be committing to a school, but don’t expect him to wait until the last minute.
“I’m not going to play with coaches’ minds and wait until signing day,” he said. “I’m not doing that. It’ll be sooner then later when I do decide to commit to somebody.”
The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder will be one of many elite recruits that will be visiting Alabama this weekend for its junior day event.
Here are some more prospects that will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend:
Four-star quarterback commit Jake Fromm (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Four-star athlete Chadarius Townsend (Tanner, Ala.)
Three-star defensive end Aaron Sterling (Stephenson, Ga.)
Five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Houston)
Five-star Ohio State cornerback commit Shaun Wade (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Four-star linebacker Justin Foster (Shelby, N.C.)
Four-star defensive tackle Ryan Johnson (Mobile, Ala.)
Four-star offensive lineman Trey Smith (Jackson, Tenn.)
Four-star outside linebacker Robert Beal (Norcross, Ga.)
Four-star defensive end Malik Herring (Forsyth, Ga.)
Four-star defensive end Christopher Allen (Baton Rouge, La.)
Four-star offensive lineman Netori Johnson (Ellenwood, Ga.)
Four-star Baylor wide receiver commit Jhamon Ausbon (Bradenton, Fla.)
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite.