Duke High On Georgia QB's List

Over the past two recruiting seasons, the Blue Devils have tended to look more towards the kind of quarterback who could escape and create as well with his legs as his arm. Part of the reason was the need to bolster the depth along the offensive line. Now, with the OL addressed, Duke is looking to add a new style of signal caller, and Georgia's Matt Moody finds himself squarely on the radar.

"Right now my top four are Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Vanderbilt," says 6-foot-3, 210 pound Matt Moody of Landmark Christian Academy in Newman, Ga. "I haven't been offered yet, but the coaches have said I should see some during the summer."

Not willing to wait around and let the process work itself out, Moody has already visited Durham, Greenville, and Atlanta, and is hoping to visit both Vanderbilt and ‘Bama over the summer. Each of the three trips has provided him with a look inside the various programs, and each made its own impression.

"East Carolina's practice was really intense. They really get after there and Coach Holtz seems like the right guy to turn that program around. With Tech, there's a familiarity to it. They are the hometown school, and I grew up going to their games. I am planning on camping at Tech this summer."

"With Duke, I love their coaching staff. I was at their camp as a sophomore and that's when they started recruiting me. They are doing all the things they need to do to turn the program around. Coach London is my recruiting coordinator and I love talking to him. I've also met Coach O'Brien when I was at the camp. I was really impressed with him while I was there. Usually schools have high school coaches handling those things, but he took time to coach me and work on things. I love the way he does things, and he helped me learn a lot. I've also talked with Coach Roof and he's a great guy. He's really committed to getting things done at Duke and his attitude is infectious. That's going to be a great place to be shortly."

One thing the Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets, and Commodores have in common is the membership in power conferences, something that will be a factor for Matt once the time comes to begin weighing the pros and cons of each school.

"I love to compete and those schools are the places to do that. They have great competition week in and week out. That's something that is appealing."

As a junior Moody threw for nearly 2400 yards and 19 touchdowns, while completing 55% of his passes. On the ground he added another 500 yards and scored an additional nine scores. But, don't get the idea that Moody prefers to play more of a Vince Young style of game. It's quite the opposite.

"I see myself as more of a pocket passer. I did some running last year, but it was mainly out of the shotgun and up the middle. I guess I'm more of a power runner than anything else. When I see where I need to go I think my mental toughness and competitive nature helps me get there more than anything else."

Improved footwork and strength are the things Moody identifies as ongoing projects needing attention before he returns for his senior season. He will also be looking to lead his team to an improved record after 2005's 7-4 campaign.

"I think we have a lot of tools to be really good this year. We lost our starting linebackers, and that hurts, but we have a good defensive line returning. I can't wait until we start our workouts. We're ready to work hard and get ready for the season."

And before that season begins, Moody says he'd like to have the recruiting process behind him.

"That was the original plan. I don't want to head into the season with that weighing on my mind. If you haven't decided then you're going to think about it. I'd like to know where I'm going so I can start getting excited about it. But, at the same time, I'm not going to commit to a school I'm not 100% sure on."


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