Moody ready for another position

Columbus, Ohio product has never played strong safety—where he will begin his UW football career

Prince Moody, the Columbus, Ohio, product who recently offered his verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin, has played quite a few positions the past three seasons at Eastmoor Academy. But he has never played strong safety—not at any level of football—the position where he will begin his college football career.

This is not a case of a prep corner sliding over to the safety, or a free safety edging to strong.

"At one time I was a corner," Moody says.

He interrupts his answer to let out a hearty laugh.

"In beginning of sophomore year," he said, alluding to his time as a corner, "before I got moved to defensive end."

Defensive end? Moody stands 5-foot-11, 191 pounds and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.

Moody laughs another good natured laugh.

"Then I played outside linebacker my junior year," he said.

And this year?

"Middle linebacker this year," he said.

Moody also played fullback and tailback this season, for a Warrior squad that finished 9-2 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1993. He ran for 820 yards and 16 touchdowns in those 11 games—on about 80 carries.

As a middle linebacker, Moody had 130 tackles, 10 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He was named Ohio's Associated Press Division III co-defensive player of the year.

So despite spending his prep career in the front seven, Moody expects a smooth transition to the secondary.

"Strong safety, it's kind of like outside linebacker," he said. "I think I'm well suited for it."

Moody can certainly run. Last spring, he ran on the Eastmoor 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams. He said he also ran a 49-second open 400.

And Moody expects to contribute early once he arrives in Madison, per his conversations with his recruiting coach, Badger defensive backs coach Ron Lee.

"The coach said that he recruits ballers," Moody said. "He said if he was planning on redshirting me he would know by the end of [fall] camp. But he is looking forward to me to contribute early on."

Moody said Wisconsin did not begin recruiting him seriously until late October, but he was well aware of the Badgers.

"When I first started talking to them I knew they had a pretty good program," Moody said. "At the end of my junior year, that's when I started looking at colleges, I was looking at the Big Ten specifically. I seen that [Wisconsin] beat the Buckeyes twice so that really drew my attention. I was following them when I first started talking to the coach. I was following them through the season and seen that they went 9-2. That kind of caught my attention too."


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