"Early on I felt like Texas was the best situation for me," Moody said. "The coaches were nice, they have a great program, and I just thought that's where I would end up. Then when I started looking around at other schools, I started seeing some different things. When I took my visit to USC, thats when I decided to back off (of the Texas commitment)."
Emmanuel Moody, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, took a midseason visit to USC and has one left to Miami. He talked more about his visit to L.A.
"I've liked USC since I was in 9th grade and look at the run they're currently on," he said. "When they came at me hard, I had to give them a look so I took a visit out there and came away very impressed. The comfort level I felt there was beyond anything I felt with Texas. At that time, they were my new favorite."
Then the Hurricanes got into the mix.
"Miami has really come on strong lately," he said. "They came on Thursday to my house. The offensive coordinator came and the tight ends coach is coming (tonight). The thing with Miami is that they have such a great tradition of running backs that have played there. If you're a running back then it makes sense to look hard at the Hurricanes. I'm not as familiar with Miami as I am with USC right now so that's why I'm really looking forward to my visit there next weekend."
Moody, who was recently selected to play in the Scout.com/US Army All-American Game on Jan. 7, talked more about how the two programs compare to each other.
"They're both among the best first of all," he said. "As a running back, you will definitely have to bring your A game every day. They both have a lot of top athletes and you can't be scared of competition at places like that. In the end, I'm going to pick the one that feels most comfortable to me. I'll know after my visit to Miami."
The talented running back said the Longhorns are no longer in the running.
"It's between Miami and USC," he said. "I'm calling it even right now. I'm really excited for my next visit. After that, I'll come home and sort things out and come up with a decision. I might do something with ESPN in late December. It'll be sometime around Christmas probably."
Moody, who began playing football in 4th grade, rushed for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
"I was shooting for 2,000 but everyone we played was able to focus on me and they all tried taking away our running game," he said.
The talented senior sees himself as a complete back.
"I see myself different than most guys because I can do it all," he said. "I can run, catch, or block. I feel like I'm not really lacking in any one part of my game."
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