It is like Dylan Moses is a living legend right now.
Everywhere he goes — people want autographs, interviews, photos, and just to shake his hand.
The five star out of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy has selected the five schools that will get the official visits, he has locked down dates, and he is set for a busy fall. In the end of his recruitment nearing?
Scout's No. 1 athlete has set this schedule:
- Kentucky at Alabama — October 1
- Florida State at Miami — October 8
- Iowa State at Texas — October 15
- USC at UCLA — November 19
- Michigan at Ohio State — November 26
Do those schools really have a chance with the 6-foot-2.5, 234 pounder who grew up right outside the LSU campus in Baton Rouge (La.)? The Tigers offered Moses first — after he finished seventh grade. Moses committed to LSU when he was just getting into high school before backing off that pledge to truly experience the recruiting process.
Will he end up back at home? Back at LSU?
"I have told them (LSU) that they are still in the mix, but that I just need to get around, see the different schools and do things my way to make me feel good about my decision," said Moses. "It would be hard to tell LSU no. Corey Raymond (LSU defensive backs coach) is my cousin, so it would be hard to tell him no.
"I know everything about LSU and they know I still have a lot of interest in them. I have interest in other schools too, though. LSU is the home school that I grew up a fan of, and they will be a school of interest until the very end."
At one time, Alabama was looked at as LSU's biggest competition. That may not be the case anymore.
"I am still looking at Alabama, but they have fallen down a little for me with the linebackers (Markail Benton and VanDarius Cowan) they have committed. I still like Alabama, it is a great programs, and I have been there a lot, so I will get back, and see how the visit goes."
After his trip to Tuscaloosa (Ala.), Moses will head to a new in-state school with him now playing his senior season in the Sunshine State. The Miami Hurricanes produced some of the best linebackers in the country in the 1990s, and even into the early 2000s, and that helped UM land and official visit with this premiere talent.
"I have always had my eye on Miami since they offered me a long time ago," said Moses. "They have had great players at my position in the past, I know they have a lot of potential still today, and I have interest in them. They have a real need for top linebackers and I have will get down there for a visit.
"I know a lot about what they used to be and I think they can be great again, so I really want to see what it is like down there."
The school that looks to be LSU's biggest competition today is one that is connected to the Boot State. Charlie Strong has made Moses a priority since he took over in Austin and that will have the Longhorn Nation keeping an eye on this race until the very end.
"It is mainly because of Charlie Strong for me when talking Texas. I feel he is building a great class, he really has great structure there like he does everywhere he goes, and I like how he is re-building the Texas program.
"I have watched film with the coaching staff and they really have caught my attention. I think I can fit in there and I have really very connected with their coaches. Every time I have visited, I have had a good time and I look forward to getting back."
Moses saw four-star linebacker Kenny Young, a four-star linebacker out of River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian, sign with UCLA in 2014, and he has made a big impact in L.A. Myles Jack signed a year before Young and he is expected to be a star in the NFL after being selected in the first round a couple of months ago.
Those guys have helped put UCLA on Moses' radar.
"UCLA has produced some great linebackers in recent years and I like what I have see in those guys and I like what I have heard about the school," said Moses. "Coach [Scott] White is a great linebackers coach, and I like what he is saying to me right now. I know he can develop his players and I want to get out there to learn more about the school, talk with the coaches and just see what it is like."
Five of the top 20 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft came out of Ohio State. All the top prospects in the 2017 class, like Moses, want to be that guy in the next three to four years. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes currently have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, and they are on track to sign half a dozen or possibly more five stars in 2017.
It could be a historic class, so could Moses be a part of that?
"The draft classes for Ohio State have been crazy. I have been thinking about that a lot lately and Ohio State has really been on my mind," said Moses. "They have been producing top linebackers — really top everything lately and that is impressive.
"The way they have been recruiting, the way they have been developing players, and the way they have been winning stands out a lot. The defensive coaching staff has been doing a great job the last few years, and I feel like I could do really well there. It is just the way they have been playing and the way that they have been producing players that has them on my list."
Moses feels good about the official visit schedule, and he knows he will be very busy this fall with IMG Academy set to play 12 football games, but he is excited about moving forward with the recruiting process.
He really changed the game in recruiting. He led to all these young men in middle school being offered by Power Five schools across the country. Moses has impressed with the way he has handled the attention he's been receiving the last four years, and he is happy that he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"It is all going to come to an end in December," said Moses. "I will announce my decision in December before I move on to college in January.
"I know recruiting has been crazy and a little stressful for me and my family, but this is very important to me. I am taking my time and it is almost overwith now. You can say I am a little excited about that."
With the end in sight for Moses, he knows what it will come down to for him when he puts the ink to the paper.
"The official visits will play a real role in my final decision. I really want to see things behind the scenes at each of those schools, talk deeper with the players, and things like that. I think I will really learn a lot during each official visit, so each of those is very important for me.
"I am just trying to find the school I fit into the best. I want to fit in as a player, fit in as a person, and just feel like I can be successful there. The relationships will play a role into my decision too. I want to feel good about who I play for, and I want to feel the coaches I play for will use me the right way. It is going to be a tough decision, but I will be ready in December."
The biggest question will remain — are these visits just visits or do they really mean something? Is Moses still a Tiger? We know LSU is in his heart — heck, it is in his blood. Moses will be in Baton Rouge at least once this fall. If you haven't noticed, he left the weekend of November 5 open on his official visit schedule — that is when LSU hosts Alabama.
He does not need an official visit to the school he was at one time committed to.
"I still talk to LSU a lot. We know each other very well, so there are not too many questions there.
"We have been in contact on a regular basis ever since they offered me a scholarship years ago. They don't really put any pressure on me to commit again or anything like that, but they just recruit me, talk with me a lot, and just tell me to take my time with this."
The No. 2 prospect in the country is taking his time, but the his time is running out. By the end of the year, all will know who The Freak will be suiting up for, and likely making an impact at in 2017.