Moody, a left-footed punter, had not had contact with Louisville prior to the hiring of Coach Petrino.
"[Coach Petrino] was the main part of my decision to commit," said Moody. "My dad is alumi of Louisville and I still have family in the area, but Bob Petrino was the main reason."
He will make is first visit to Louisville on January 10th. While here, he will attend the Louisville - Saint Louis basketball game on the 11th.
"I know about Papa John's Stadium and look forward to my visit and seeing it for the first time," said Moody.
The senior from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla, is one of the top punters in the nation, averaging 43.6 yards per punt. He is was named All-Conference and is currently in Los Angeles practicing for the Florida / California All-Star game to be held this Saturday.
Lincoln High School assitant coach Tony Collins, who is coaching the runningbacks in the Florida / California All-Star game, compares Moody to a Lincoln punter of a few years ago, Mark Mariscal. Following his senior season at the University of Colorado this past fall, Mariscal was named First Team All-American and received the Ray Guy Award, which is awared to the nation's top collegiate punter.
"He ranks up there with where Mariscal was in high school," said Collins. "In fact, he may be better."
With Louisville struggling all season long with punting, averaging just 32.9 per attempt, ranking 82nd in the country, Moody says that he hopes to come in challenge for the starting position right away. "I want to come in and go at it my freshman year."
"It basically came down to Louisville and Georgia," said Collins.
Moody is fully qualified with a 3.8 GPA and scoring a 1030 on the SAT.
While in Los Angeles, Moody and his teammates will attend an LA Clippers game Tuesday night and then Disneyland on Wednesday.