The Moody File

Earlier today, Emmanuel Moody became the newest member of the Florida Gators, but what do we know about this former USC running back? Almost everyone by now knows that he was the Trojans' second leading rusher last season as a true freshman, leading the team with 5.8 yards per carry. But what did Moody accomplish before landing in Southern California?

Emmanuel Moody was the No. 11-ranked running back from the class of 2006. But the Dallas-area native didn't just excel on the gridiron. Moody also ran the 110-meter hurdles and was the last leg of his high school's 4x100 relay team. And in his first two years of high school, Moody was a competitive weight lifter.

On the football field, Moody rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons at Coppell (Texas) High School. His on-the-field achievements helped land him a spot in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Game.

View Moody's highlights from the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Game:

Moody made his initial commitment to USC during the All-American Game. He chose the Trojans over Miami. The Hurricanes impressed Moody just a few weeks before he announced his decision, but it wasn't enough to sway him to South Florida. Story Link

But before it became a race between two schools on opposite coasts, Moody first committed to his home-state Texas Longhorns during his junior season. Story Link

In fact, the Hurricanes weren't even listed on his early list of favorites. Story Link

Moody held true to Texas throughout the fall of his senior season before opening back up the recruiting process in early December.

Solid to the Horns: Story Link

No Doubt: Story Link

Reopens recruiting: Story Link

Visit Emmanuel Moody's player page for more history and video interviews throughout his career.

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