Last season was one of transition for Signal Mountain (Tenn.) standout Harrison Moon. A position change may have significantly altered the outlook of the 6-5, 265-pounder’s recruitment.
“I had a pretty good season,” he said. “I had five catches for 100 yards as a tight end. I was tight end about midway in the season. I switched to offensive tackle. It went pretty well. We went 7-3 and lost in the second round of the playoffs.”
One of the newer programs to enter the fray is the University of Michigan. After Moon took the initial step of showing interest recently, the Wolverines quickly reciprocated.
“I think I sent them film probably about three weeks ago,” Moon recalled. “I talked to Coach Nussmeier about three weeks ago. He was just telling me that you can come up be here and be a stud left tackle or a stud tight end. He was just telling me to imagine running through and jumping up and touching the Go Blue sign and just running out to 110,000 screaming fans. He was just telling me all of the cool things about Michigan and all that. How he thinks I can succeed in their offense and help them be good. It was pretty good. He is a really cool guy.”
Moon will get his first live look at the Maize & Blue when he makes his way to campus Sunday for a visit. He may have grown up in the heart of SEC country, but that hasn’t stop him from gaining a healthy appreciation for Michigan’s prestige.
“First off it is a really good school,” he said. “You get a good education. It’s one of the best programs in college football history. I don’t think anyone can deny that. It has a great fan base. You get a degree that matters. I like the fact that they put guys in the NFL. My dream is to play in the league and stuff. I feel like they can make that happen.”
So too could a number of his other suitors, but there are a number of other criteria that will also play significantly into determining the best fit.
“My parents have been preaching academics since day one,” Moon stated. “I think really at the end of the day (the biggest factor) is academics. I can say I want to go to the NFL all I want, but I can’t just bank my college (choice) on that. Where you want to go to college is really a forty year decision. I think academics will play a big, big part of it. After that, what kind of vibes do I get? How do I feel at the program? Are my parents comfortable shipping me to live there for the next four to five years. Do I have a good relationship with the coaches?”
The school that answers those questions to his greatest satisfaction will be the victor… no matter how far away from home it is.
“I don’t think distance is going to play a factor,” Moon insisted. “I think it is just more (about) if I feel at home and welcomed. That is going to play a big part.”
Moon plans to spend considerable time on the road in the coming months in his quest to find his next home. With no childhood allegiances binding him he plans to patiently scrutinize all of his suitors with an open mind.
“My mom went to Georgia and my dad went to (Tennessee), so I watch football for the heck of it,” he said. “I didn’t really have any early favorites as a kid. I don’t have a clear frontrunner. I think all the schools that have offered have some e stuff in them that makes them unique.”
“I’m definitely not waiting until signing day (to pick a school). I don’t believe in the whole signing day thing. Personally, I want to get it out of the way (before that). I think I want to take some officials before I make my decision.”