Fla. LB Very High on UM

Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay standout Neefy Moffett was outstanding as a junior last season, while playing defensive end. Moffett is now lining up as a linebacker this season. "I spent a lot of time learning the position during the offseason," Moffett said.

"I knew that's where I'd be playing when I went to college so I wanted to learn it and be able to help my team out as much as possible."

In his team's first game last week, Moffett was all over the field. He finished the game with 10 tackles, a sack, and two caused fumbles. Palm Bay lost, however, 6-0.

"Our defense is straight but our offense needs to get going," he said. "Our O-Line is real young and they just need to get it together."

Moffett, 6-foot-1, has bulked up to 235 pounds.

"I really hit the weights hard at the end of summer," he said. "I was 215-220 during the spring. I think I'm still growing too. I'd like to stay around (235) though."

The talented linebacker prospect has been the center of recruiting attention at Palm Bay this season. He's narrowed his list of choices down to seven.

"I'm still looking at USC, Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, and LSU," he said. "Really, I like Miami and LSU but I haven't heard anything from LSU in awhile so I guess I'm not sure about them right now."

Moffett was at the Miami/Florida State game earlier this month.

"That was a great football game," he said. "I was a Miami fan. Miami's all about defense. Everyone thought they'd be down after losing those guys last year but they just reload. They always do."

The senior standout has been getting weekly calls from UM coach Greg Mark, who recruits Brevard County for the Hurricanes.

"Basically, he just calls and we talk about different things," he said. "He's given me a verbal offer but said the defensive coordinator just has to check me out as a linebacker before they send it. They're coming up to watch me later this year. I just gotta keep doing my thing out there."

Moffett said he's hoping the Hurricanes do come through with an offer.

"I've always liked Miami," he said. "Look at how they send guys to the pros and then reload. It's amazing. Not counting the new guys, they only have five linebackers this year. They need some this year and I think I can go in there and help them reload. It's looking good for Miami right now."

Moffett is a full academic qualifier.

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