Even the most casual college football recruiting fan has heard of Dylan Moses. From the middle school scholarship offers to the ESPN The Magazine cover or perhaps from the early commitment to the hometown LSU Tigers.
The rest of the class of 2017 has caught up to the five-star, now at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, but he still holds the top spot among outside linebackers in all the land, according to Scout.
As the calendar turned to August, like the rest of us, he zeroed in his focus on the football field, where the longest-standing known recruit in the modern era will finally be a senior.
"It's great, thinking back at all the hard work I put in," Moses said. "My dad has always told me to work to be the best and I'm king of proud of how far I've come."
At IMG, where Scout tabs nearly two dozen players on the roster as current four-stars or better, the top prospect has had his work cut out for him.
"Playing against these guys is hard, they bring the best out of you," Moses said. "You've always got to bring your "A" game, there's nothing like that offensive line giving me the most work."
Still a top 10 player in America, Moses continues to shift his focus from two-way status to linebacker first. He'll continue to play some running back at IMG, but his future is on defense and gains on that side of the ball have been clear.
"I'm very physical, very aggressive, trying to get to the ball," he said. " Other than that, you know, just being able to focus on the position I've gotten better at it. Before I was going off mainly just athleticism, though I was using some technique, but now I can focus on it with the help of [IMG linebackers] coach Tommy Langford on my back, calling me, telling me what to do and what not."
Focus on recruiting has admittedly not been there of late for the Baton Rouge native, who is still considering LSU among others at this stage of the process.
Moses has locked in official visits with five programs, Alabama the weekend of October 1, Miami (Fl) the following week and Texas the next before November trips to UCLA (11/19) and Ohio State (11/26). He says those trips are not likely to be altered despite other programs continuing to campaign for just that.
"What's done is done." he said. "I told the schools I'm coming to the games and I'm doing it, ready to get the process over with."
"They're not really hard on me, they're just going day by day, hanging out with me," he said. "We don't talk about recruiting 24-7. They bring it up every once in a while.
"LSU is still in it, I'm trying to see how they do this year how their season goes, how their linebackers play. If I feel like it's great, I'll make a decision."
Claiming no leaders at this time, the official visits will be critical as a much-anticipated college commitment draws nearer.
"My expectations are to see what all the schools have to offer," Moses said. "I want to see how the coaches interact with the players and if I can fit in that system."
Scout.com Evaluation: Dylan Moses