Former LSU Tigers commit and Scout's No. 2 player overall in the class of 2017, Dylan Moses, is one top-shelf prospect who recently opted for a change of scenery after playing out his first three seasons of prep football back home at Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab.
This do-it-all athlete and five-star prospect is now officially teamed up with Kevin Wright and the Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy Ascenders, a football factory that has nearly two dozen four-star prospects on its roster for the upcoming 2016 season.
Luckily for Moses, there haven't been many hiccups since he left his home for the Sunshine State nearly a month ago.
"It's been a really nice transition," Moses said. "As far as transitioning for school, it's a really nice school and everything has been going good. As far as working out, I feel pretty well about everything.
"I just like being around all of these different athletes. Everybody is working hard, and it's just a really good feeling being surrounded by people that really have the same mindset as you."
As smooth as Moses' transition has been, it's never easy packing up and leaving your loved ones behind, especially when you're still a teenager.
"I love the facilities. It's like a whole other world over here, like a college campus," Moses said. "I love it and I'm adjusting to it now. As far as being away from my home and family, I'm still adjusting to it."
Nearly every college has provided Moses with the opportunity to lace up the cleats on either side of the football, so with that being said, does the 6-foot-1.5, 225-pound athlete have a preference?
"Most likely defense," Moses said. "I'm more of a physical type of person. I'm aggressive and I like to hit people."
Moving nearly 800 miles away and adjusting to life away from family is certainly a whirlwind, so it's safe to say that determining top colleges isn't the first thing on Moses' mind.
"Not really anybody," Moses said when asked which schools are currently standing out. "I'm just trying to see schools and look for the right school for me."
One national power that will likely be under strong consideration until the very end is Alabama. The Crimson Tide's business-like approach, as well as their ability to consistently come together as one, has struck a chord with Moses early on.
"I like more of the curriculum over there at Alabama," Moses said. "I like the coaching staff and the way they work over there. I also like the way they have their players with the same mindset and discipline. I love that about their program.
"I always speak with (running backs) coach (Burton) Burns. He's from New Orleans, and I mainly talk to him because he's my recruiter. He always tells me to just take my time with the process, and that he'll see me in the next couple of years."
Moses, who also mentions Florida, USC and UCLA as schools he currently has signficant interest in, has yet to make the journey up to Gainesville to get a taste of the Gators, but that certainly doesn't mean that the two parties haven't been in daily contact.
"It (the Florida offer) means a lot and I really love their defense," Moses said. "They have a really structured defense as well. Jim McElwain is a good defensive coach, and I'd feel comfortable (playing) under him.
"They've really just been trying to stay close and keep in good communication. They're making sure they talk to me everyday."
Moses says he'll announce his college decision at next year's Under Armour All-American Game.null