Moody, though, will play defensive back at Wisconsin, likely beginning his career at strong safety. Wisconsin defensive backs coach Ron Lee, who recruited Moody, will receive a player for his secondary with solid measurables, but who will certainly need to learn the finer points of playing safety.
Moody stands 5-foot-11, 191 pounds and runs a 4.43 40-yard dash. A track athlete, he has broken 50 seconds in the 400-meter dash. He also bench presses 265 pounds and squats 520.
Moody's most impressive trait, however, is his production on the football field. He was named Ohio's Associated Press Division III co-defensive player of the year after recording 130 tackles, 10 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and two interceptions from his middle linebacker position his senior year. On only about 80 carries his senior year, he ran for 820 yards and 16 touchdowns. As an outside linebacker his junior year, he had 23 sacks in 2003.
Moody's cousin, Natrone Means, was a star running back at the University of North Carolina and went on to a successful career in the NFL, playing for the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.
Badger Nation: What are you most proud of from your prep career?
Prince Moody: "23 sacks in one season individually. My junior year we went 7-3 and my senior year we went 9-2 and made it for the first time to the playoffs in 11 years. I consider that one of the most special moments that I will remember the most. The alumni and the whole community and it was like we brought the glory days back to Eastmoor in a sense and all the past people that went there and everyone came and it was just amazing."
BN: Do you think that might be similar to the way Wisconsin fans treat their players?
PM: "They let me know about the fans, and they let me know about the jump thing and all that." [Laughing]
BN: When did you take your official visit to Wisconsin? What was your favorite memory of that trip?
"December 3-5, My favorite memory…. Eating [Moody laughs] I took my visit and I remember eating, that was all we did, they just fed us to death. The people are so friendly and they didn't even know me, they were just being so nice to me. Camp Randall was huge, it was very impressive and I look forward to playing at it.
BN: What was your favorite college team growing up? Why?
PM: "I was born in Georgia and I moved to Ohio when I was younger so I just liked the Chargers because of Natrone.
"I like Florida State and the Bulldogs [Georgia] too."
BN: Who was your favorite athlete? Why?
PM: "I don't now. I like a lot of people so I cant really choose one of those. Barry Sanders maybe because of the way he carried himself off the field and the way he doesn't celebrate and hands the ball to the ref when he scores and his skills are just phenomenal."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?
PM: "They said they are not looking for me to redshirt but they will know more by the end of camp."
BN: When do you expect to arrive on campus?
PM: "Early July on campus."
BN: What do you think will make you successful at Wisconsin?
PM: "I just try to play my heart out and just try to get out on the field. Just do whatever I can to help them out."
BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
PM: "First of all I want to get my degree and then lead a successful life from there.
"I don't know. I just take it one day at a time."
—Cary Dohman and Jonathan Linder provided reporting for this story