9th Grade Recruit Dylan Moses Reportedly Will Visit Alabama, Auburn and LSU

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Photo Credit: 247 Sports
Photo Credit: 247 Sports

Almost-high school student Dylan Moses, soon to be a 5-star recruit in the far-off 2017 recruiting class, has added Auburn to the list of SEC schools he will visit this summer—a list that already included Alabama and LSU.

According to AL.com, Dylan's father Edward explained his upcoming schedule:

We were already planning to be in Alabama for the Alabama camp so we decided we'd go ahead and take a visit to Auburn too while we were up there. We'll visit Auburn on Saturday and then head to Tuscaloosa for the camp on Sunday and Monday.

After that, Dylan will camp at LSU on the 16th and 17th and then next weekend he'll be in Ohio for a position camp called FBU and then back to LSU to compete in their 7-on-7 tournament on July 20.

That's a whole lot of travel for one month, but there is a silver lining: at least he'll have time to do his summer reading.

A 6'1'', 215 pound prospect from Baton Rogue, La., Moses projects to play outside linebacker, but is listed as an athlete and open to other positions. It's still too early to know (for sure) how his body will fill out, and until that becomes more clear, his future position remains somewhat uncertain.

Moses received a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama in February, back when he was still in the middle of eighth grade. LSU had already offered him the previous summer, and by May of this year, that number had ballooned to eight, including offers from Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, UCLA, Nebraska and Texas.

Most recently, Moses graced the cover of ESPN the Magazine, sporting a million-dollar smile and an impressive physical frame. This hype may seem exploitative—and to be frank, it probably is—but after one short look at his tape, it's easy to see why it exists:

Auburn is the newest team to pique Moses's interest, and though premature, his schedule to visit there, Alabama and LSU makes them the tentative favorites to land him. LSU still has the basic geographical advantage—Moses's high school is basically on its campus—though, and 247Sports' crystal ball projects him to eventually be a Tiger.

But it's good to see him do his due diligence, and with four years separating Moses from college, there's plenty of time to fall in love with another school. With every blue-chip program in the country coming after him, Les Miles & Co. would be wise not to sleep at the wheel.

According to AL.com, Dylan's father said his son "is still not used to receiving the kind of attention that comes with being on the cover of a national magazine, but...is slowly becoming more comfortable with being in the spotlight." A football analogue to LeBron James in 2002, he has to learn how to cope with being a celebrity at an age where most kids are coping with puberty.

No need to rush, though. Moses's assimilation to fame can afford to take its time. After all, he still has some 1,200 days until high school graduation.