May 5, 2008

Offers a dream for top tackle

It almost would have been easier for Morgan Moses to list what few elite teams didn't send coaches by his Meadowbrook High School (Richmond, Va.) campus last week.
Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee dispatched coaches to visit with the mammoth, 6-foot-7, 345-pounder who towers as's top offensive lineman in the Class of 2009.

"It's kind of crazy," Moses said of the attention, "but growing up, you never think that this would happen."

It has, and it will continue. Several more programs, including Alabama, have told the dominating lineman that their coaches will be swinging through the region before the end of the current recruiting period. Such attention doesn't make the decision-making process any easier for Moses but does serve to remind him of his blessings.

"Yeah, it is a dream come true," he said. "I never thought from playing football, this would happen to me. I just thank my teammates and coaches for pushing me.
"It always gets harder. There are so many good schools. I'm going to try to give everyone an even chance."

Tennessee offensive line coach Greg Adkins and receivers coach Latrell Scott both have checked in with Moses. As noted when first caught up with the engaging recruit, Moses' acquaintance with Scott isn't a new thing.

"He's a real good coach," Moses said of Scott, Tennessee's hard-charging first-year assistant and former Richmond coach under Dave Clawson. "He's from where I am from. We kind of relate."

Moses, who says he's wide-open in the recruiting process and doesn't anticipate making a decision until after his senior season, knows what the right program will feature.

"Good coaches and good players that I can relate to and coaches that are going to take me to the next level," said Moses, who attended Virginia Tech's spring game last month.

To that end, Tennessee could be aided by having a strong line coach in Adkins, whose unit set a record last season for fewest sacks allowed, and a head coach in Phillip Fulmer who played on the offensive line and got his coaching start in the trenches.

"It's good that he's a former offensive line player," Moses said of Fulmer.

And these days, with all the attention and continued offers, it's pretty good to be Morgan Moses, a five-star offensive tackle who's rated the No. 21 overall prospect in the Class of 2009.

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