Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have the top football program in the country and a large part of their success is Saban’s ability to get ahead by beating his opponents to the punch and locking up some of the top talent from around the nation.
That was on display when the Crimson Tide offered a scholarship to Baton Rouge (La.) athlete Dylan Moses, who is poised to be a star.
Moses was invited to the Crimson Tide’s Junior Day event over the weekend where he received the scholarship offer. The interesting part of this story? Moses isn’t a junior. He is an eighth grade sensation.
“We got the invitation to come to Alabama’s Junior Day a few weeks ago and to be honest we were kind of surprised,” Dylan’s father Edward Moses Jr said. “When we got there, Coach (Burton) Burns took us around and introduced us to the entire coaching staff and they all seemed very interested in Dylan. They treated him like a five-star recruit.”
“We met with Coach Saban after lunch and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player. When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant. Coach Saban said the Alabama staff believes Dylan has a chance to be the best player in the country in the Class of 2017 and they were ready to offer him a scholarship. That’s when the fireworks started going off in our heads.”
Moses is no stranger to the college recruiting process. Despite only being in eighth grade, he already has an offer from the LSU Tigers.
At 6-foot-1, 215-pounds, Moses has participated in LSU football camps for the past five years and will be attending University Lab High School, which is right by the Tiger’s stadium.
If Moses lives up to the hype and his potential, Saban could have made a genius move by offering the fourteen-year-old prospect. He currently plays running back and linebacker, but Moses’ father would like to see him work at defensive back.
“He’s got most of his experience at running back and linebacker but I would like him to learn to play defensive back as well, though he might end up growing out of that position,” Edward said. “I think when you look at Alabama and LSU, they are two programs known for being the best developers of running backs and defensive backs in the nation so he really can’t go wrong either way.”
Moses is definitely a player to watch. He has a lot of growing left to do as a young man and football player, but his future is bright and he is off to a great start.
Check out Moses’ highlight video from his eight-grade season:
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