Moody, UW ready for summer arrival

Columbus, Ohio defensive back, a class of 2005 Badger signee, plans to arrive in Madison in July

Two weekends ago the University of Wisconsin men's track team won the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

Prince Moody, a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a UW football recruit for the class of 2005, wanted to watch Big Tens, but he had his own track meet to attend to for Eastmoor Academy.

Moody, part of Eastmoor's 400- and 800-meter relay squads, will soon compete in regionals, along with the rest of Eastmoor's team, with an eye toward advancing to state and competing in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium himself next week.

"It's going all right," Moody said of his track season, in a telephone interview Tuesday evening. "We won the city championship and the district championship… We one step away from the state."

Moody said that, during relays, his best splits in the 100 and 200 meters this spring are 10.6 and 22.2 seconds, respectively.

At 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, Moody said he has actually put on a little weight since track season began.

"I'm pretty comfortable (with my weight)," said Moody, who recently maxed out at 275 pounds on the bench press. "Just looking to get stronger."

His track workouts have taken precedent, but as often as he can he has continued to hit the weight room, using the workout he received from the Badgers after February's signing day as his guide.

"I try to squeeze it in," Moody said. "Since track is coming to a close I'm going to be getting more of a chance to really go into the routine and everything now."

Moody plans to head to Wisconsin in mid-July for summer workouts. Once in Madison he will room with Houston wide receiver T.J. Theus. Moody has also been in touch with another Badger-to-be, defensive back/wide receiver Shane Carter, from Troy, Ohio.

"They (UW's coaches) have just been like, they just can't wait to get me up there," Moody said. "Still just saying they just waiting until July. They are keeping tabs on me, making sure my grades are all right and they still been saying I'll be playing defense first."

Moody, a recent Columbus Dispatch scholar-athlete honoree, still expects to play safety or cornerback for the Badgers. He does not have a preference.

"It's all up in the air," Moody said. "I'm wherever they need me to play at that's where I'm going to play."

"Whatever I can do to help the team out," he said. "That's what I'm going in as."

As for summer workouts, Moody's goal is to build a solid foundation heading into fall camp.

"I just hope that I can catch onto things kind of quick," he said. "My real motivation is just to try to get in there and learn as much as I can."

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