Colorado State added a linebacker commitment on Friday, giving the Rams their fourth and likely last linebacker pledge for the 2017 recruiting class. Patrick Moody, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound tackling machine from Vero Beach (Fla.), verbally pledged on Twitter his decision to commit to Mike Bobo and the Rams.
Moody leads Vero Beach in tackles this year with 53 tackles through five games, while adding 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He played in six contests as a junior for Saint Thomas Aquinas, one of the country's top prep programs, tallying 25 tackles.
For Chaparral, Moody was one of Colorado's top tacklers as a sophomore, recording 162 total takedowns and 20 tackles for loss. The Rams fell in love with his ability to roam the field and make plays, as well as his physicality in stopping ball carriers.
“One of the things I was very encouraged whenever they said this was they like the way I fly around the field, and I'm able to hit people back instead of take hits,” Moody said of his conversations with CSU defensive coordinator Marty English and head coach Mike Bobo.
“They think I have a good ability to play in the open field and fly around and make plays. I believe that about myself and that was encouraging to hear.”
He is likely to play middle linebacker in CSU's 3-4, a position he has played his entire football career.
Moody also held an offer from Southern Illinois, while Army was also showing strong interest. CSU offered him a week prior to his commitment. He said he is solid in his commitment and is looking forward to returning to his home state to play his college football.
As it turns out, CSU was one of his dream schools. Moody visited CSU in the spring for a junior day, but did not really begin to hear heavily from the Rams until the start of his senior season.
“Colorado State was always high on my list, even when I wasn't really talking to them. What ultimately sold me on them was it's my home,” Moody said. “I've always wanted to go back to Colorado. It's my home and they have a brand new stadium being built and I can't wait to go back home.”
Part of his move from Colorado to Florida included a challenge: could he really compete with some of the country's top players in the Sunshine State? Moody said he thinks he proved that, which was a reason CSU reached forward with an offer.
“I had an opportunity to play with, in my eyes, some of the best athletes in the nation,” Moody said. “Whenever I came out here, that was confirmed. I feel like I've been playing against some of the best people in the nation. I went to St. Thomas (Aquinas) for half the year last year and my dad was living up near the Vero area, so I was able to transfer up there.
“It was a hard transition at the time, but it was probably the greatest thing to happen to me. I like the atmosphere Vero has at their games. I love the coaches. I think everything just worked out for the best.”
As CSU's 12th commitment for the 2017 recruiting class, Moody is now the fourth linebacker pledge and the Rams' second linebacker commit from Florida, joining Connor Kaminski from Viera. The Rams are likely to continue pursuing hybrid pass rushers, as Windsor's Corte Tapia is the lone pledge at that position. But as for pure linebackers, CSU is set in Moody, North Carolina's Larry Matkins and Kaminski.
Now that he has a strong verbal commitment in hand, Moody can't wait to don the Green and Gold and be part of the first freshmen class to begin playing in CSU's new on-campus stadium.
“I could not be any happier with my commitment,” he said. “My family is extremely proud, my mom lives in Colorado and she can't wait for me to be back home and be able to watch me play.”