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Top recruit Dylan Moses has list, hopes to hear from Michigan

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Rashan Gary, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the ESPN 300 from start to finish last year, inked with Michigan on national signing day last week. Now, there’s a new top-ranked player that coaches, fans and media will start to focus their attention on, Dylan Moses.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect made headlines when he originally committed to LSU as an eighth grader, but with the grueling recruiting process heating up, the Louisiana native opened things back up in early August.

This time around, Moses plans to take his time with the process.

"Watching all the kids this past year going through the recruiting process and actually talking with them about things like what to do and what not to do and it’s actually really preparing me for what’s happening starting right now,” he said. "I feel like I’m ready for this and I’m just going to take it day-by-day and see what happens.”

Moses, a 2017 Under Armour All-American, said he was able to see what Gary went through from afar and hopes to have a similar recruitment process as the former five-star defensive end.

"I paid attention to Rashan Gary’s recruitment and just saw that he was more low-key than anything,” Moses said. "He didn’t say much, he stayed more to himself and was focused. He seemed like he is a hard worker and was well spoken. Just watching him go through the process, he was a great example as far as how to act if you are the top player in the country."

Gary kept his options open throughout the process, but Moses has already started to pay close attention to six schools.

"Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Florida, UCLA and USC are still my top schools,” Moses said. “Alabama is still my leader because they are more structured. They have very good discipline over there so they get their kids doing what they have to do. I like their strength program, coach [Scott] Cochran, coach [Nick] Saban. It’s just a really great coaching staff over there and I just really feel comfortable there.”

With spring football just around the corner, the talented prospect who has over 30 scholarship offers, plans to take at least three unofficial visits.

“I’ll probably go to Florida, Florida State and probably come back home and go to LSU’s spring practice and see how they are doing,” Moses said.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native recently transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Moses said one of the reasons he moved was so that he would be able to enroll early at whichever college he attends.

“It also takes some pressure off of me,” Moses said. “When I was in Baton Rouge, everyone was expecting me to go to LSU. Now that I’m out of the state of Louisiana, people are like more skeptical about where I am going to go now.”

The move to IMG could open a door to another top program, Michigan, which recently made headlines for announcing it would hold a portion of its spring practices at IMG Academy over the spring.

"That would be cool,” he said. "I’ve never really seen Michigan up close like that before and I’ve never visited the school either. It’s just a great opportunity and you know, hopefully I can get an offer from them, because I don’t have one yet.”

Moses is planning to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game next January and while the nation’s No. 1 junior is already familiar with the recruiting process, he has never seen the amount of attention he will receive over the next year.