Neefy Moffett Recruiting Update

The USC coaching staff has reeled in some impressive talent out of the state of Florida in recent years, and so it's no surprise that the Trojans are once again targeting some big time players from the region for the class of 2005. One Sunshine State blue chipper who is near the top of the wish list is Melbourne Palm Bay's Neefy Moffett.

A two-way standout for his Palm Bay squad, the 6'1, 220 pound Moffett was a force from his defensive end position last year when he racked up 100 tackles and 16 sacks, while also scoring 10 touchdowns as a running back.

Although he has primarily played at end throughout his career, Moffett is set to change things up this year, "I switched positions," he said. "I played defensive end last year, but this year I'm playing linebacker, at the strong side." With 4.6 speed and unusual quickness for a player his size, it's a move that makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider that almost every college that he's talked to, including USC, projects him to linebacker on the next level.

"Right now I like USC, Miami, Florida State, LSU, and Ohio State," Moffett said. All of his favorites have offered, and at this point he claims no leader out of the group but he did admit that a couple of people close to him have some preferences. "My mom likes Florida State and my step-dad likes LSU," he said. "My mom is just a die-hard Florida State fan and my step-dad just likes LSU."

In looking at the different programs, Moffett is primarily concerned with just one thing, "The coaching staff," he said. "It depends on if I feel at home with the coaching staff, and pretty much that's it because I know that wherever I go I'll get a top-notch education."

So how did the Trojans make his short list? "I've always wanted to go to California," Moffett said. "I always said that I'd look into the California schools, and then USC won the championship and I saw that they have a few people from Florida. Then Coach Carroll came to the school and I sent them my tape and they offered me. I talked to Coach Carroll and to Coach Kiffin on the phone. I asked them a few questions about their system and everything. They run an NFL style defense. They want me to play the position that Derrick Brooks plays."

Moffett, who has no plans to camp anywhere this summer, plans on taking all five of his official visits in the fall, and although he hasn't scheduled any yet, he does have an idea on four that he would like to take, "Florida State, Miami, USC, and LSU so far," he said.

In no hurry to go through the process, Moffett plans on waiting right up until signing day to make his decision. Top Stories