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Scout sits down with new five-star Alabama linebacker commitment Dylan Moses for the final pierce of a three-part series

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Scout sat down with Dylan Moses shortly after his Alabama commitment and brings readers exclusive content, including the LSU angle and impact which resulted in his decision.

When he was just 15 years old, Dylan Moses committed to Les Miles and the hometown LSU Tigers. It wasn't a shock. It was perhaps just an early indication of the seemingly inevitable.

15 seems young for most who follow the college football recruiting process, but the earliest five-star in the history of Scout has always been a bit ahead of the curve. He had been courted by big-time programs since middle school and it was Miles himself who he built a bond with on the Tiger coaching staff.

But a year ago, as speculation surrounding Miles' future with the program hit an early apex, Moses backed off of the commitment. The timing had allowed for him to hit the reset button.

"The time I decommitted (from LSU) was because I wanted to experience the recruiting process, it had nothing to do with Les Miles," he said. "It was just me, personally."

[Part I: Moses picks UA, so what now?]

With the door at least temporarily open many schools made a heavy run at the Under Armour All-America selection and now Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout. Texas had buzz, UCLA was in the mix, Florida State was an option and in January he said the Alabama Crimson Tide actually led for his services. A few months later he would back off of the claim, though Nick Saban and company remained firmly in the mix.

Even still, LSU seemed like the school he would end up at. Moses confirmed as much until two Sundays ago when the Miles run at LSU ended, creating the major shift in the former middle school phenom's recruitment.

"He was the first coach to ever offer me, he gave me a chance," he said. "He realized my talent before anyone else did...so him getting fired, that was like losing one of your closest friends. I had a real connection with Les Miles, that was somebody I grew up with. When I was eight or nine (years old), I used to go to LSU and chill with his kids, having fun and whatnot. He knew my parents ever since then.

"Over the course of my whole (recruitment), even when I was committed to LSU, I first told myself, ‘if Les Miles were to ever leave LSU, or if anything was to happen like him being fired or anything, ‘Bama was going to be my second choice.’"

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The national champions' climb up the list was a swift one. He was ready to commit to Alabama just four days after Miles was let go, during a conversation with his future position coach at Alabama, Tosh Lupoi.

"They (Alabama) jumped up at the moment because I’m thinking like I don’t wanna leave home but at the same time it was one of those business decisions," Moses said. "They’ve always been my second choice but at the same time I wanted to make sure it was something I wanted to do." 

Even when discussing the future position he'll occupy, linebacker, the homestate scenario was first recognized. Moses makes no mistake about his prior thinking compared to its current state. 

"If I was to go to LSU, I would have went both ways. At ‘Bama, I’m just going to stick to linebacker," he said. "That’s what the plan is, day in and day out. As soon as I touch down over there, it’s straight linebacker. But I think coach (Burton) Burns was trying to put in a package for me, at least one at the end of the game when they wanna wear the team down and put a big back in they’d go straight to me.

"I’ll do whatever the coaches want me to do."

[Part II: Moses on the UA pledge, how it went down]

Moses admits LSU would have been his pick but now he says his focus is solely on Alabama at the end of the longest recruiting process of the modern era. He says he isn't focused on the Tigers' coaching search and will not consider visits outside of Tuscaloosa. He'll even help recruit for the Crimson Tide. 

The process is over and it's been a long time coming. There is a sense of relief.

"It’s crazy, from that point (early offers) all the way up to now...I went through a lot of things, a lot of adversity, a lot of happy times," Moses said. "There has been some exciting moments, it’s just amazing how God works. I’m really thankful for it, for it to almost be over. I’m ready for the next chapter.

"Tell 'Bama fans to get ready for a show, that's all I gotta say."

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