Fort Scott's Moody is a rising star

If you're looking for a playmaking linebacker, one of the fastest risers on the recruiting scene this spring has been Fort Scott LB Dexter Moody (6-2, 210). He has yet to play a down of college football, but that didn't stop recruiters from flocking to his school to check out what he brings to the table and one Big 12 school has even made an offer to the talented defender...

Moody was a big-time recruit coming out of Emmanuel County Institute (Twin City, Ga.) back in 2009, but even though he had double-digit offers, he was unable to qualify and actually had some off-field troubles.

"I committed to Georgia, but I got in some trouble in high school and they pulled my scholarship," Moody told "I mean, it wasn't anything too bad or anything, but I just didn't have the grades and they didn't want to wait for me.

"Tennessee liked me a lot, but when I couldn't qualify, they said I should head to Fort Scott in order to get things straightened out, so I decided to come here and I've enjoyed myself a lot."

As a player on the practice unit last fall, Moody said he focused on learning the defense as well as getting himself in shape academically to finish up in December.

"It was hard not playing," Moody admitted. "I've been playing football since I was a little kid, but I had to get things figured out, so I sat, I worked out, I ran and I got things right so I could play this fall and be done in time to enroll next year and be there for spring ball, wherever I end up."

Nebraska offered Moody back in May and he said that meant a lot to him and will bode well for the Cornhuskers' chances of getting his signature on a letter-of-intent.

"Coach (Bo) Pelini, the head coach at Nebraska, recruited me out of high school when he was at LSU, so I know him pretty well," Moody said. "There are also players like Brandon Kinnie, Jermarcus Hardrick and Lavonte David that are up there and they'll play this fall for them, so that gives me some familiarity there."

In addition to his offer from the Cornhuskers, Moody said schools from the rest of the Big 12, including Oklahoma and Missouri, as well as the SEC and Conference USA have all made contact, but none have offered.

"I've been through the whole process before, so I'm not going to make a quick decision," Moody said. "I'll just be patient, do what I need to do on the field and then I'll decide after I take some visits."

As noted earlier, Moody is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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