Mammoth tackle talks official

The South Carolina Gamecocks already have seven offensive line prospects committed for the class of 2010, but that hasn't stopped offensive line coach Eric Wolford from going after one of the nation's elite. 6-8, 350-pound Fork Union OT Morgan Moses officially visited South Carolina this weekend. Look inside as has the full report.

Fork Union four-star offensive tackle Morgan Moses, originally out of Meadowbrook HS in Richmond, VA, committed to and signed with Virginia on National Signing Day 2009 with all intentions to play for the Cavaliers. But after he failed to qualify academically and was forced to go to prep school for a year, and former Virginia head coach Al Groh was fired, Moses finds himself looking at other options, though he still considers himself a Virginia commitment.

South Carolina 2009 signee and current Fork Union standout safety Chris Payne has been working Moses to take a look at South Carolina for months. And this weekend, Payne finally got his way as Moses officially visited the school.

"It was good," the 6-8, 350-pound prospect said. "It would probably be a nine out of 10."

Moses spent a lot of the time on his visit with offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Wolford has taken on Moses' recruitment head on and visited Moses at Fork Union earlier this week as well.

"Great person," Moses said of Wolford. "You can tell that he's a really cool person, that's always going to have your back."

Normally a man of few words, Moses seemed to light up as he continued talking about Wolford and his coaching style.

"His coaching style," Moses said. "He gets after it on the field. He's going to coach you to make you better, and at the same time he's going to be there for you. He's just a real good personality, someone you can see yourself playing for."

Moses also spent much of his time with current players Terrence Campbell (his host), Eric Norwood and Akeem Auguste among others.

"Just hanging out with that crowd [stood out]," he said. "They were real cool, and down to earth. [They] just [said] everybody has their back there."

While Moses said he liked the facilities, he says one of the main things about South Carolina that stands out to him is the opportunity it can provide.

"They run the ball," he says, "and it's a pro-style type offense. I would have the chance to play early."

Moses now returns to Fork Union and will take the ACT this Saturday. He says he only needs a few points of improvement and that he has been taking test-taking classes to help. Moses hopes to enroll at the school of his choice in January.

As for Virginia, he says it was "the coaching staff and the players" that made him choose the Cavaliers in the first place. Moses says that his comfort level with the new Virginia coach, no matter who it may be, will play a large part in his decision.

Moses, who says he doesn't have a date picked out for a final decision, says he also would like to visit UNC, Clemson and LSU, though he doesn't have those visits set up. He has briefly spoken to coaches from each school, and they have all told him he would have a chance to play early.

He says he is looking for somewhere that "just feels like home," and that he has that feeling at Virginia and South Carolina.

Asked if either team has an edge over the other right now, Moses said, "no, not really."

And while Moses is playing things close to the vest, he did give Gamecock fans a slight hint at where he could be leaning. What are the chances Moses will end up in the Garnet and Black?

"I feel like it's a good chance," he said.

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