LSU Tigers: Dylan Moses

Dylan Moses is growing accustomed to being first.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman sensation was the first prospect in the 2017 class to be offered by both LSU and Alabama.

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Miller Safrit/ESPNDylan Moses, a 2017 LSU commit, was the first freshman to be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
He was also the first commitment for LSU in the 2017 class.

Those are just two of the more publicized firsts for Moses, who doesn’t turn 16 until May 25.

Time to add another milestone to the list.

On April 22, Moses became the first freshman to be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

"Well, to be honest it's a dream come true," he said. "I've been watching the Under Armour Game since I was a little kid, and to now get the chance to play in it ... it really is a dream come true."

While Moses will have to wait until January, 2017 to take the field in the prestigious game, the decision to accept the invitation was an easy one for a prospect who wants to compete against the nation's best.

"I went to the Under Armour Game in January. That was the first time I had gone to the UA Game. The atmosphere was great. Seeing all of the top players in the country go against each other -- that's what I want to do. I want to play against the best players."

When Moses does take that field in three years, he will follow the long line of top prospects that have played in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Past players include Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, Jadeveon Clowney, Trent Richardson, Luke Joeckel and Robert Nkemdiche -- to name a few.

In the 2014 class, all 15 five-star prospects in the ESPN 300 played in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Moses posted a jaw-dropping 176 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and six forced fumbles as a freshman for University Laboratory School. He added 475 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, averaging 16.45 yards per carry. Both the total tackles and yards per carry are school records.

Moses first burst onto the national recruiting scene in July, 2012 after posting a 4.46 40-yard dash time at LSU's camp at age 14. His stunning performance quickly earned a scholarship offer from Tigers head coach Les Miles.

Dallas NFTC superlatives 

April, 6, 2014

DESOTO, Texas -- The Dallas area was the seventh stop in the 2014 Nike Football Training Camp tour. As is annually the case, this stop brings out a bevy of talented prospects from the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Despite a chilly day and track meets that kept some talented prospects from attending, the group of talent on hand eclipsed a number of other stops due to sheer numbers of prospects with FBS and BCS offers on hand. Here are some of the event’s most notable performers in the RecruitingNation NFTC awards.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

October, 14, 2013
There was plenty of recruiting news in the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There were a few key commits and several top high school performances. Here is a look at the latest news around the SEC.

Biggest commitment: ESPN 300 offensive tackle Donell Stanley (Latta, S.C./Latta) committed to South Carolina on Friday. The 197th-ranked player in the nation chose the Gamecocks over rival Clemson, Alabama, USC and UNC. South Carolina now has 13 commitments including 5 if the ESPN 300.

Auburn picked up a commitment from three-star athlete Myron Burton Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge). Though listed as an athlete, Auburn is recruiting Burton as a wide receiver. He announced his decision on Twitter on Saturday after visiting the Tigers for their win over Western Carolina:
Best weekend performances: Many SEC commits were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances:

  • RB Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy), Alabama commit: Ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushes in a 49-3 win.
  • RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), Georgia commit: Chubb accounted for 355 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 42-34 win on Friday.

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The Early Offer is a RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Dylan Moses' commitment to LSU sent shockwaves throughout the college football recruiting world; you have to tip your hat to Mark Stoops and Kentucky once again for another creative recruiting mailer; and Oregon, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee are battling down the stretch for a four-star WR.

The story of Moses
Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) deciding to end his recruitment before he even was halfway through his freshman year of high school football sent a tidal wave of response throughout the college football world late Sunday and throughout the day on Monday. As expected the news was well received by LSU fans, but fans in general and even several college coaches were highly critical the Tigers’ decision to accept the commitment. “I can’t be critical of the kid himself, because he’s jumping on an opportunity placed in front of him,” one ACC recruiting coordinator said. “But schools offering a scholarship to a 14-year-old and then actually accepting it is everything that’s wrong with recruiting today. It’s hard enough to project the future of seniors accurately, but it’s impossible to do it with freshmen.” My colleague Tom Luginbill was right on the money when he said it’s a high risk, high reward scheme for coaches. The more it happens the more we’re going to see calls for even more regulation from the NCAA, because there’s just too much gray area for coaches to maneuver in.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

September, 23, 2013

With football season now in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From Georgia's big win over South Carolina with several top prospects in attendance to some impressive high school performances, here is the latest news around the SEC.

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Tales from the Road: LSU 

May, 29, 2013
Every Wednesday, GeauxTigerNation will take a look at LSU's week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.

BATON ROUGE, La. -- It almost felt like football season over the weekend in Baton Rouge.

Fans surrounded Tiger Stadium, tailgating in adjacent parking lots. Then, when the time was right, they poured into the stadium for the main event.

Only this weekend, it wasn't football, but the annual Bayou Country Superfest, featuring Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, the Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan, who headlined the stadium for Memorial Day weekend.

But it sure did feel like a football weekend, and it just so happened there were football players on campus. Some of the state's top recruits were on hand for LSU's Bayou Picnic event, getting a little taste of a game day.

Happy accident? We think not.

This week's targets: LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and wide receiver coach Adam Henry were at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans for the New Orleans Karr/New Orleans Brother Martin spring scrimmage.

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Quiet weekend at LSU's picnic 

May, 28, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sometimes a picnic is just a picnic.

LSU hosted its annual Bayou Picnic recruiting day Saturday, an invitation-only event targeting select high-profile recruiting targets. And while some recruits were on "commitment alert," the Tigers had not landed any new commitments by the time Memorial Day weekend ended.

That's not to say it wasn't a significant event in the recruiting process.

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Tales from the Road: LSU 

May, 22, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The spring game is back in Louisiana.

Gone for several years because of a change in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules, spring games returned this year and provided great evaluation opportunities for coaches. You had matchups like West Monroe (with ESPN 150 offensive tackle Cameron Robinson) against Monroe Neville (ESPN 150 safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones).

You had quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City/Parkway) putting up big yards in a spring game. You had Baton Rouge's University Lab, featuring three major prospects in three different classes -- 2014 ESPN 150 offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield (LSU commit), 2015 running back prospect Nick Brossette and 2017 stud Dylan Moses -- taking on rising class 5A power Zachary.

It's May in Louisiana, but around high school campuses, there's a touch of September.

This week's targets: LSU's coaches were spread out at spring games over the weekend.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The stage was set for Brandon Harris.

The 2014 quarterback, whose stock has risen steadily throughout the spring, had the stage to himself when his school, Bossier City, La.'s Parkway High, hosted Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior High for a spring game.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- While University Lab School has a solid athletic tradition and some good football history -- Louisiana Class 1A state champions in 1974 and 1988, and a smattering of college and pro players like Brad Banta and Brian Kinchen -- it isn't necessarily on the state's "A" list of football powers.

Schools like John Curtis and Evangel, which eliminated the Cubs from last year's Class 2A playoffs in the semifinals, have won more championships and perhaps have a longer list of past stars.

Few, however, can match the star power now going through the small, academically rigorous school located on LSU's campus.

A year after defensive end Tim Williams left "U-High," as locals call it, for Alabama as ESPN's top-rated player out of Louisiana, the Cubs produced Garrett Brumfield, the ESPN 150 defensive end who committed to LSU over the weekend.

The trend will continue in upcoming years. Nick Brossette, will be among the top running backs in the country in the 2015 class, and all eyes are on Class of 2017 super prospect Dylan Moses, who made national news when he was offered by LSU in the summer before his eighth-grade year. He subsequently has earned offers from Alabama and Florida. Moses has yet to play his first game at University's high school team, yet people have long been speculating where he'll play in college.

U-High, always the strong academic school with a competitive football program, is suddenly a hotbed.

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LSU commit Brumfield a quick study 

April, 25, 2013
BATON ROUGE -- Meet the artist, Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School).

It's easy to find online, the video of LSU's latest football commitment using some spray paint and a handful of improvised tools to create what he calls his "space painting."

It's pretty impressive for a high school junior and makes one wonder, is he going to be the rare football-playing art major at LSU?

Not at all.

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Breaking down Bama's 2017 offer

February, 26, 2013

Greg Ostendorf breaks down the Tide's scholarship offer to Dylan Moses, an eighth grade student who plans to attend high school at University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.).
Mitch Sherman has pretty much nailed the rapid changes to the state of recruiting in his story today.

As might be expected of one of college football's preeminent programs, LSU is at the forefront of these types of drastic changes to the game.

The Tigers offered a scholarship to 14-year-old linebacker Dylan Moses last month, making them a hot topic on the nature of modern recruiting. Just in the last few days, Les Miles dismissed Tyrann Mathieu, easily the biggest star on his 2012 roster, from the team.

These are both major developments, and both of them affect the way current high school players look at college recruiting, as Sherman notes in the story. And don't expect this attention to go anywhere. LSU will remain heavily involved in recruiting news and changes to recruiting trends as long as the Tigers are winning games and competing for championships.

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The recruiting process is beginning earlier and earlier. That shouldn't be a surprise at this point. If it is, just consult any of LSU's three commitments for the class of 2014 -- all of whom pledged to the Tigers within the last month. Better yet, read up on Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./LSU Laboratory), the eighth grader who holds a scholarship offer from LSU.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDuring his tenure at LSU, Les Miles has never had this many commits by the end of July.
And yet, as quickly as schools are filling recruiting classes these days, that doesn't account for the pace at which the Tigers are filling this 2013 class. On the last day of July, LSU has secured 21 commitments for 2013 -- just a mere six months before national signing day in February. After a relatively slow start to the year, LSU has accrued a dozen pledges since May. And with summer recruiting camps serving as an impetus for early commitments, the Tigers have added four names to their class in both June and July this year. If you include the early birds for 2014, LSU has picked up seven commitments in the last 31 days.

This kind of production certainly isn't unheard of. Up in Big Ten country, Michigan has secured commitments from 23 of its 25 possible additions for 2013. But it's certainly a new situation for LSU during Les Miles' tenure. Commitment announcements are still expected from LSU targets like Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) before the season starts, so the Tigers could have as few as two or three spots remaining by September.

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