Moody Talks, Nears Decision

Southern Cal running back Emmanuel Moody has narrowed his list of potential transfer destinations to two -- North Carolina and Florida. Late Friday afternoon he talked to Inside Carolina about his UNC visit earlier in the week and the decision he is about to make.

"I got to talk to [Butch Davis] and got to watch a walk through practice," said Moody, who arrived in Chapel Hill Tuesday morning.

"And I took a tour around the campus," he added. "The campus is a good campus. Not too much going on. I can really get focused up there. Chapel Hill is a nice area."

Moody, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound rising sophomore, sat down with both Davis and John Blake, who is handling Moody's "recruitment," and discussed their situation in relationship to Moody joining the team.

"They just wanted me to know that I have a chance to be a premiere ‘back and make a difference in the program and just really help out with the progress with the Coach Davis era over there," said Moody. "He's doing good stuff there and he's really trying to bring the program up right now. I can be a part of that."

Moody left UNC Wednesday and headed immediately for his second and final visit – Florida.

"[The Florida visit] was pretty much, kind of the same [as the UNC visit]," said Moody.

"The areas are both kind of isolated. They're both very different from L.A. – that's what I'm trying to say. That's a good thing, because I'm trying to get away from the city and just try to focus on football and get away from distractions when you play football in a big city.

"I like both the areas. Chapel Hill and Gainesville are kind of similar. They're both quiet and they're both college towns."

Moody admitted that he has narrowed his decision down to UNC and Florida and plans on finalizing his decision and announcing on Monday.

"The deciding factor is going to be the feel," said Moody. "Like my gut feeling and where I feel comfortable. It's kind of like you just have that feeling; you know where you're heart is at.

"They both are great schools. They both have a lot to offer me."

Moody was the Trojans' second-leading rusher in 2006. He gained 458 yards on 79 carries (5.8 yards per carry) before missing the final four games after suffering a bad ankle sprain against Oregon. Moody also missed the majority of the 2007 spring training camp because of a hamstring injury.

He earned US Army All-American honors his senior season at Coppell (Texas) High School and was ranked the No. 11 tailback in the nation in his class by

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