At 6-foot-4.5 and 217 pounds, Jeremiah Moon has the body type the Florida Gators are looking for in a linebacker. Long and angular, he’s a guy that can move and make plays in space, while also being able to dip down and get in the mix up front.
He’s been spending the offseason preparing for the big day next week and grateful to be moving on to bigger and better things.
“I’ve been working out down the street from my house,” Moons said earlier in the week by phone. “I'm just getting it right and ready to get down there. It’s a relief. I’m finally graduated and I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life.”
It isn’t going be totally easy, the folks are going to have a hard time letting go of their star linebacker.
“They don’t really talk about it much, they don’t want to because it will make them a little upset,” Moon said of the day he leaves the home. “I will have to say (there will be some tears). They’ve been there my whole life and done a good job. I know it’s going to be sad.”
What is looking for the most when he gets to Gainesville?
“I’m ready for a new environment and meeting new people,” he said. “I’m ready to have fun with the sport I love and whatever comes with it. I will major in Finance or Sports marketing. I was in the Finance Academy at Hoover. I think I would have a bigger leg up on that right now.”
He’s got a great frame to go, but the staff wanted him ready to come in and compete in all facets of the program when he arrived, not worry about getting to some specific weight.
“They didn’t tell me a specific weight, they said not to worry about gaining too much weight, just be ready to run,” he said.
“I talk to some of the players every now and then,” Moon said. “I talk to Jordan Smith a couple of times. I’ve kept in touch with my roommates, Lamical, Jeawon, and Quincy.
“I think it’s pretty smart (to bring in guys from Alabama), because Alabama is all about football and what we’re mainly known for. It’s all we do. We have a lot of good talent over here.”
He has his own idea in which way the program is heading and how things will go for the first Gator team he will be a part of.
“I think we’re going to do very big things,” Moon said. “Just watching the spring game I can see everything is going in the right direction. We are getting recruiting back on track and I know we’ll get good players in the future too. I just know this year will be a big year with this team. When I went down there I know everyone helps everyone out. Watching practice I just saw what they were doing and everyone was on the same page.”
What does he expect of himself in year one?
“I definitely want to get on the field and make an impact wherever I can on the team,” he said. “I just want to get down the fundamentals and the playbook and play fast. Then I know good things will happen.”
He’s got a message for Gator fans that don’t know him that well.
“Just look out for me, I might be silent right now, just don’t be surprised,” he said.