NCF On The Trail: T.D. Moton

video Alabama strengthened its grasp on the No. 1 class in the nation Monday with the addition of ESPN 300 defensive tackle T.D. Moton. Here's our take on how Moton can contribute to the Crimson Tide defense:

When he was first hired, Les Miles said one of the key ingredients for success at LSU was to win the local recruiting battles. Through the years, Miles has done a masterful job of doing just that. But in the past few classes, some LSU fans have complained after watching highly-ranked prospects such as Landon Collins, Tim Williams, Cameron Robinson, Laurence Jones and Speedy Noil end up at Alabama or Texas A&M.

Never mind that the Tigers landed Leonard Fournette, the nation’s No. 1 player in 2014, and five of the top 10 Louisiana players in both 2013 and 2014. All fans wanted to focus on were the setbacks. They shouldn’t.

LSU and Miles continue to be the kings of The Pelican State and continued to prove it Wednesday with the additions of two local ESPN Junior 300 prospects. The Tigers added pledges from St. Francisville (La.) West Feliciana four-star receiver Jazz Ferguson and Mandeville (La.) Lakeshore four-star running back David Ducre.


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ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle T.D. Moton (Baton Rouge, La./Woodlawn) has backed off his commitment to Mississippi State, he confirmed via text message.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound interior defensive lineman, who had been committed to Mississippi State since November, later sent out a Tweet regarding his decision.



Moton, the No. 50-ranked player in 2015, said he is now considering Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Ole Miss and Florida and has no time frame to narrow down his choices.

As for Mississippi State, the Bulldogs are still off to a good start for their 2015 class. They have five commitments including a commitment from ESPN Junior 300 outside linebacker Timothy Washington (Yazoo City, Miss./Yazoo City).

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As usual, there was a lot of recruiting news around the SEC over the weekend. There were a few commitments and Auburn hosted several visitors for its last-second win over Georgia. Here’s a closer look at some of the top SEC storylines.


Biggest commitment: Mississippi State may have suffered a hard-fought loss to Alabama on Saturday night, but the Bulldogs did get some good news on the recruiting front. ESPN Junior 300 linebacker Tim Washington (Yazoo City, Miss./Yazoo City) verbally committed to Mississippi State late on Saturday night.

Washington is ranked as the 247th-best player in the ESPN Junior 300 and the No. 5-ranked player in the state of Mississippi for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

The Bulldogs were also close to landing their second ESPN Junior 300 member on Saturday. The No. 27 prospect in the country in the Class of 2015, T.D. Moton (Baton Rouge, La./Woodlawn), according to multiple reports, gave a verbal commitment to Mississippi State. However, Moton said Sunday he had not gave his pledge to the Bulldogs.

"I have to weigh my options," Moton said in a text message. "I haven't seen Alabama, Ole Miss or Florida State, so I'm taking my time. I haven't talked to coach [Dan] Mullen yet, either. But Mississippi State is one of my favorites."

Moton also holds offers from LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame and many other schools. He is the sixth-rated defensive tackle in the 2015 class and the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana next year.


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Despite losing a hard-fought game to Alabama on Saturday night, Mississippi State received some big news on the recruiting front. Two ESPN Junior 300 members, defensive tackle T.D. Moton (Baton Rouge, La./Woodlawn) and linebacker Tim Washington (Yazoo City, Miss./Yazoo City), committed to the Bulldogs according to several media reports.

Moton, No. 27 in the ESPN Junior 300, chose Mississippi State over offers from LSU, FSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Arkansas and many others.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Moton is the No. 6 defensive tackle in the 2015 class and No. 2 in the state of Louisiana next year.

With proper coaching, Moton has a chance to be an anchor on the Mississippi State defensive line over the next several years.

“[He’s] an excellent run stopper and physical presence in the trenches,” his ESPN scouting report reads. "Demonstrates dominating upper body playing strength on the interior. Flashes an excellent burst to disrupt considering his size. Possesses massive bulk to hold his base and anchor. Shows good vision to find the ball carrier. Redirects well in tight spaces. A strong, square-up tackler.”

As for Washington, at 6-4, 210 pounds, he could play a variety of positions in this Bulldog defense.

“[He’s an] active hybrid type. Demonstrates excellent playing strength along with good short-area burst along with acceleration and range,” his scouting report reads. "Reads and reacts well and is a quick decision maker. Flashes a sudden first step to penetrate. A violent open field hitter that will launch himself at the ball carrier.”

The Bulldogs have put together a solid 2014 recruiting class and the way their 2015 class is starting out, Mississippi State could have a special year on the recruiting front.

SEC recruiting storylines: Sept. 19 

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Fans in the SEC are still trying to catch their breath after a wildly entertaining game between Alabama and Texas A&M. With that said, there are plenty of hot topics on the recruiting front throughout the SEC.

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Greg Ostendorf/ESPNLaurence Jones will be one of the big names in attendance when LSU opens SEC play with Auburn on Saturday.
Impressive visitor list for Florida
Last week it was Texas A&M hosting a star-studded group of visitors. This week, it will be Florida when the Gators play host to Tennessee. On the official visitor list are the No. 11-ranked prospect overall Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), who has a top three of Alabama, Georgia and Florida; No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), No. 59 Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and three-star tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby), who had an official visit to Oklahoma on Sept. 6. Among the uncommitted unofficial visitors in the 2014 class are three-star defensive tackle Cory Thomas (McCalla, Ala./McAdory) and No. 257 overall Jordan Sims (Birmingham, Ala./Homewood). The class of 2015 list of unofficial visitors scheduled to be in attendance includes No. 2 overall and LSU commitment Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy), No. 6 Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka), No. 13 Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy), No. 48 CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County), No. 77 Kendrick Norton (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy) and No. 158 Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa, Fla./Plant), among many others.

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Big 12 class rankings analysis 

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None of the Big 12’s representatives in the ESPN class rankings made a move up or down. Texas is still No. 7, Baylor is No. 17, Oklahoma is No. 22 and Oklahoma State is No. 29. But a team outside of the rankings is making a move with its first commitment in almost two months. Here’s this week’s edition of the Big 12 class ranking analysis.

Trending up: Iowa State is on the up-and-up, at least momentarily, after its commitment from three-star athlete Dedric Brinson on Monday. It was the Cyclones’ first commitment since July 25. Brinson (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) had plenty of other offers, including from Duke, Indiana, Marshall, Massachusetts, Central Florida, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. But he chose to travel out of state to play for Paul Rhodes, and, in doing so, gives ISU another playmaker. The Cyclones already have commitments from ESPN 300 wide receiver Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale), three-star running back Tommy Mister (Chicago/Saint Rita), three-star RB Martinez Syria (Houston/Nimitz), three-star WR Orion Salters (Dallas/Jesuit), three-star tight end Scott Schaffner (Peculiar, Mo./Ray-Pec) and three-star WR Jauan Wesley (Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township).

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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Texas A&M 

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With the unveiling of the inaugural 2015 ESPN 300 on Tuesday, there are several names on the list that are desired by Texas A&M. One player the Aggies already landed and they're hard at work trying to get many of the below names on board. Here's a look at A&M's 2015 commit and top targets in the ESPN 300.

1. TE Jordan Davis (Houston/Clear Lake)
6-foot-4, 247 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 219


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2015 ESPN 300 targets: Florida State 

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NoleNation takes a look at some of the most wanted prospects in the ESPN Junior 300 for Florida State.

1. CB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy)
6-foot-1, 183 pounds ESPN 300 rank: 2


A commitment to LSU since last November, there are no immediate signs that Toliver will leave his Tigers pledge. But Florida State continues to recruit him heavily -- and it should, given his tremendous ability.


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Moton first 2015 DT with USC offer 

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The defensive and offensive lines are major priorities for USC in this final recruiting cycle involving NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations, so it’s no surprise all five of the Trojans’ verbal commitments in the 2014 class are trenchmen.

Among those, three are defensive linemen, headlined by ESPN 300 nose tackle Tashon Smallwood (Fresno, Calif./Central). The other two – defensive end Austin Maloata (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and juco tackle Michael Wyche (Chesapeake, Va./East Los Angeles College) -- might be considered sleepers, but their inclusion is vital to the program’s future outlook after signing only Kenny Bigelow, Nico Falah and Khaliel Rodgers last February.


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