Melbourne, Fla. a recruiting hotbed

Melbourne-Palm Bay (Fla.) churns out college football prospects on an annual basis with the best high schools in the country. <br><br> Two years ago there was the tandem of Joe Cohen (Florida) and Reggie Nelson (Florida). The Class of 2004 featured the fastest player in the country in Xavier Carter (LSU).

Now, linebacker Neefy Moffett is grabbing all of the headlines as one of the top linebackers in the country and one of the top overall prospects in the Sunshine State.

Making first team All-State as a junior in Florida was quite an accomplishment for Moffett but landing a spot on at least one Junior All-American team was pretty special in its own right.

The 6-2, 228-pounder with 4.5 speed in the forty was in over 110 tackles and 16 sacks last season and if he can duplicate that success this season then he should land on some more All-American teams.

"I just use my god-given ability to get to the ball," Moffett said. "I have good instincts and good speed and I love the contact."

He could not recall all of the schools that have extended offers but he said he is looking at all of the programs that have displayed stability on the national scene in recent years and three schools in particular.

"I'd say right now LSU, USC and Florida are my leaders because I've met their head coaches," said Moffett. "But I'm looking at all of the top 10 schools."

LSU has recruited Palm Bay extremely hard the last couple of years and that familiarity with Nick Saban is one of the things that puts LSU among his leaders.

"They've been recruiting at my school and they won the national championship," Moffett said in reference to what he likes about LSU. "I like their defense too. I like blitzing and bringing constant pressure and they do that a lot. The linebackers are always blitzing and playing at a fast pace."

Saban is known as a great recruiter but he is also getting a little help from one of his newest Tigers, Xavier Carter, who is also a former Palm Bay alum.

"Xavier has been recruiting me hard," Moffett said. "He's trying to get me to go stay with him for a couple of weeks during the summer. We've been cool together since we were seven and have talked about playing college ball together."

Moffett said he plans on making at least one unofficial visit to LSU over the summer because he plans on attending Saban's final summer camp session in July.

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