SEC: Dylan Moses

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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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 

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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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SEC lunch links

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Our Tuesday stroll around the SEC:

RecruitingNation links: SEC edition

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DawgNation
From David Ching: Georgia had success in 2012 relying on its freshman running backs, but just because they are now sophomores doesn’t mean the Bulldogs won’t put newcomers Brendan Douglas and A.J. Turman to good use.

From Radi Nabulsi Insider: ESPN 150 DT Dante Sawyer, who is down to Alabama and Georgia, is putting his self-imposed decision date on the shelf.

From Kipp Adams Insider: With basketball season over, David Sharpe, the top prospect in Florida is hitting the road. He spent part of his weekend in Athens visiting UGA.

GatorNation
From Michael DiRocco Insider: Kicking off the Gator Breakdown look at UF’s roster with Quinton Dunbar. He is the Gators’ leading receiver, but the position has been so overwhelming, Dunbar will have to be better in 2013.

GeauxTigerNation
From Gary Laney Insider: Louisiana high school spring games featured noteworthy performances from Brandon Harris and eighth-grader Dylan Moses.

GigEmNation
From Sam Khan Jr. Insider: Recapping the inaugural Crosby Cougar 7-on-7 tournament in Crosby, Texas.

TideNation
From TideNation staff Insider: The TideNation Question of the Week looks at recent comments referring to Nick Saban as the devil and whether this really has any effect on his reputation.

From Alex Scarborough: Ranking the Tide’s FBS opponents from top to bottom.

From Greg Ostendorf Insider: ESPN 150 RB Racean Thomas talks about his recent offers and visits from Alabama and Auburn.

Video: Bama offers scholarship to 8th grader

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Dylan Moses, an eighth grader and 2017 prospect, has been offered a scholarship to play football at Alabama.

Video: LSU offers scholarship to 8th grader

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Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss LSU offering 8th grader Dylan Moses a scholarship. Washington mentioned, too.
It's never too early to start the recruiting process. At least that's what LSU's staff is thinking.

Rising eighth grader Dylan Moses might not be able to actually sign with LSU for another five years, but that didn't stop the Tigers staff from offering him a scholarship after he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at LSU's July football camp.

"I was kind of shocked when I first heard it -- it was a dream come true," the 14-year-old Moses told ESPN.com's GeauxTigerNation. "I've always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid, and now it's coming true in front of my eyes."

Since he was a kid? He's still a kid! He can't even play varsity football this fall at LSU Laboratory School because he isn't old enough.

By the way, he's listed at 6 feet tall and weighs 205 pounds. He also reportedly had a broad jump of 9 feet, 3 inches and a 34-inch vertical. My goodness. What are these kids eating these days?

In all seriousness, this had to be pretty cool for Moses, and he and his family should be pretty proud of the gesture made by LSU's staff. But with it will come a lot more attention paid his way.

It sounds like he's quite the athlete, but it's all about humility and striving for more from here on out. He can't afford to get complacent now and he has to realize that more people know who he is now and his popularity will only continue to grow.

"It means that all my hard work is paying off. All the two-a-days and practices from when I was 6 on up, it's paying off right now," Moses said.

But there are still plenty more two-a-days, and people will expect even more from him.

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