Can Cats get back in mix with Moody?

When Kentucky's 2012 season started going downhill and the Wildcats later parted ways with Joker Phillips and his staff, it appeared that UK would no longer be in the hunt for a talented athlete from South Carolina.

When Kentucky's 2012 season started going downhill and the Wildcats later parted ways with Joker Phillips and his staff, it appeared that UK would no longer be in the hunt for a talented athlete from South Carolina.

With the hiring of Mark Stoops as head coach and the announcement of pass-happy Neal Brown as Kentucky's new offensive coordinator, however, the Wildcats' chances with Conway (S.C.) High School standout Mykal Moody.

"I heard about that from my friend, T.J., who's up there at Kentucky," Moody said of UK offensive lineman and fellow Myrtle Beach-area product T.J. Jones. "I know he likes it up there and he's excited about the new coaches. We'll probably talk some more about it while he's home for the Christmas break.

"I haven't heard anything from the new coaches yet, but I did hear that they're supposed to be in touch with me soon. I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to say."

Moody said he did like the Cats prior to the coaching change and intended to take a visit to Lexington, but he must hear what the new coaches have to say and form a relationship with them before he can comment on how serious his interest would be.

"Right now, I'm just waiting to hear what they have to say," he said. "But I know they're going to have a pretty exciting offense, and that's something that would interest me."

For the time being, Moody (5-11, 180) is focused on Miami, Texas A&M, Clemson, South Carolina and East Carolina. Marshall and N.C. State have also been in the mix during his recruitment.

He plans to take an official visit with the Pirates in early January, but is still working out details on his other trips. He says he should also have a date set with the Hurricanes soon.

"I like Clemson a lot, but I'm open right now," he said. "My decision will be based on how my visits go and where the best fit for me is. There have been a lot of schools started calling more lately, so I'm trying to keep all of my options open."

Moody said he'll be looking for the best combination of football and academics and "a place that feels like home with the coaches and players."

As a senior, Moody, who has drawn some comparisons to former Wildcat star Randall Cobb, passed for more than 1,700 yards and rushed for 979. He threw 24 touchdown passes and rushed for 17 more.


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