What exactly did you expect from Dylan Moses, the highly sought-after University High football star who decommitted Monday from LSU?
What did you expect from someone who committed to LSU, at 15, nearly FOUR YEARS before he could sign a national letter of intent? What did you expect from the nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2017, that a coast-to-coast cast of college football powers were going to erase Moses’ name from their databases and say, “Well, that’s it”?
Of course not. And eventually Moses was going to come to the realization that he wanted to have the full recruiting experience. To see the world of college football beyond what he sees right there on LSU’s campus, where he plays and practices literally in the shadow of LSU’s football complex. To be wined and dined and have his ego fed like thousands of other college prospects every year.
Moses wants what his current teammate, offensive tackle Adrian Ealy, is in line to experience.
Ealy is a four-star prospect, solidly one of the 10 best in Louisiana for 2017 as well. According to 247Sports, Ealy has offers from Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi State and Florida State, just to hit the high-profile list of suitors. The crystal ball predictions from 247’s recruiting experts have him going to LSU. But he’s likely going to take his five official visits before he signs that national letter of intent.
Moses should be allowed to do the same thing.
There is little doubt Moses leapt with his heart when he committed to LSU two years ago. He was just finished with eighth grade. Imagine being wanted by a national power program in any sport you played as an eighth-grader. It’s vertigo-inducing stuff, and clearly Moses was swept up by LSU’s adoration.
Now he wants to pump the brakes. Take a step back. Look around. Sounds like he’d rather do that while unaffiliated with LSU than while committed to the Tigers. For all the crazy, creepy, carnival-sideshow weirdness that is recruiting, it’s probably one of the saner, more mature things you’ll see.
But no doubt, this was news that rocked the walls of the LSU Football Complex. What does LSU say to the other prospects to whom it has been trumpeting the prospect of playing with the nation’s No. 1?
For LSU, there’s no other choice but to play it cool, let Moses have his walkabout and hope he finds his way back to the only campus he’s ever known. LSU is in no position to issue ultimatums. Nor should it.
Personally I think Moses will end up in the LSU fold — 18 months from now. In his Twitter message explaining his decision, Moses professed his close ties to the LSU coaching staff, a staff that includes his cousin, defensive backs coach and uber-recruiter Corey Raymond. He also made a point to say LSU is still his No. 1 choice.
If 18 months seems like a long time, it is. Try to remember how long that seemed when you were 17. The next president will have been inaugurated less than two weeks before the Feb. 1, 2017, national signing date, when Moses presumably makes his choice.
In the meantime, everyone needs to simmer down. Moses’ announcement was treated like breaking news across dozens of sports media platforms Monday — including our own. You would have thought Moses parted the Red Sea.
But this isn’t a biblical happening or a natural disaster or news that Ben and Jen are getting back together. This was merely a high school football player letting the world know that he’s changed his mind. It’s just a college commitment. They come. They go. And it’s worth remembering at times like this that they are worth absolutely nothing in the currency of putting an actual warm body on the playing field or court.
Part of the problem, of course, stems from the fact that Moses’ bombshell came the same day as defensive end Maquedius Bain announced he was leaving school for a junior college. Bain had just been reinstated to the team after the district attorney declined to press charges of unlawful entry into an apartment against him, quarterback Anthony Jennings and defensive back Dwayne Thomas.
Bain’s departure and the further thinning of LSU’s defensive line depth is a much more imminent danger for LSU than what Dylan Moses decides to do a year and a half from now.
The whole string of disquieting events again begs the question of what is the state of LSU football, this just as the Tigers are gearing up for another season and have a strong shot at landing the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2016.
Is LSU trending up or down? Are things unraveling or coming together? Unfortunately for Tigers football fans, there’s little to do but wait to see how the on-field and recruiting games play out.
That includes the game to win Moses’ signature, something that once looked almost chiseled in stone but that for the time being has turned to dust.
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