Dylan Moses is taking his talents to Florida.
Moses, the nation’s top-ranked 2017 prospect and a one-time LSU commitment, is transferring from University High to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, he announced on Twitter on Thursday.
Moses, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker/running back, called the decision the “toughest of my life” in a four-sentence post on the social networking site. Moses was committed to LSU for nearly two years before he pulled his verbal pledge in August.
The five-star rising senior is ranked No. 1 in the state and the nation and has offers from more than 20 schools, including Alabama, Florida State, Texas and Southern Cal.
Moses will join a host of highly touted players at IMG Academy, located just south of Tampa. IMG is a magnet for highly recruited athletes such as Moses. The boarding school specializes in training and tutoring athletes in preparation for college.
Moses becomes the second No. 1 Louisiana recruit to transfer to IMG in the past two years. Quarterback Shea Patterson left Shreveport’s Calvary Baptist for IMG over the summer and played there during his senior season.
U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said Moses met with him Thursday afternoon before announcing his plans on Twitter.
The main reason for Moses’ decision is academic, said a source close to the player. IMG is allowing him to graduate early. Moses is expected to graduate next December and then enroll in a college for the spring semester — something many high school stars are doing these days. University High does not allow players to graduate early.
Injuries sidelined Moses, who was voted the District 6-3A Defensive MVP, for two games as a junior. He still finished with 104 tackles, eight tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. U-High won the 6-3A title and advanced to the Division II select semifinals, where it lost to eventual state champion Parkview Baptist, a 6-3A rival.
“I’d heard rumors about it (Moses’ transfer), so I asked about it last week and was told it wouldn’t happen,” Mahaffey said. “Dylan met with me (Thursday) after school and told me he was planning to transfer. It’s a choice, and I’m sure there was a lot to weigh and consider.
“Under the circumstances, I suppose it’s best that it happened now as opposed to later on. We wish him the best.”
The tweet said, “The best is yet to come @IMGAFootball.”
Moses thanked the University High and the staff there saying, “Today I have made the toughest decision of my life. I have decided to leave the school that has helped mold me into the person I am today to further prepare me for the future. I want to thank the University Lab Administration, Staff and Coaches that have helped me succeed as a student-athlete. So with that being said, I’m transferring to IMG Academy to finish out the remainder of my high school career. Thank you.”
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