Former 8th Grade Phenom Dylan Moses Named No. 1 Recruit in Class of 2017

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

The 2017 recruiting class, which is made up of high school sophomores, will have an unsurprising name at its head when the first 247Sports rankings are released Monday afternoon: future LSU linebacker Dylan Moses.

Barton Simmons of 247Sports made the official announcement:

"It definitely means a lot to me," Moses said of receiving the No. 1 ranking, per Simmons. "I’ve definitely been striving for it ever since I started playing football. I’ve always wanted to be the best."

Moses has been playing varsity football since he was in middle school and received his LSU scholarship offer in the seventh grade.

The hoopla of his recruitment reached a new level when he landed on the cover of ESPN The Magazine in July 2013, headlining the issue with a story by Kevin Van Valkenburg that said he was "changing the college recruiting process."

At 6'2", 220 pounds, Moses projects as an outside linebacker but could realistically play just about any position he wants at the next level. According to the ESPN story, he clocks a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, and he's also played some running back in high school.

The 2017 cycle is obviously a long way from being complete, but Moses, who plays at University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, seems like a pretty safe bet to remain loyal to LSU.

However, that doesn't mean he won't keep looking other places. According to Simmons, Moses visited Florida State this summer and has also mentioned Texas and Alabama as intriguing alternatives.

"My thing right now is to continue to weigh my options and look at other schools," he said of his open-mindedness. "LSU will always be number one. I just want to make the right decision."

LSU landed the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2014 cycle, running back Leonard Fournette, and also has a commitment from the former No. 1 overall prospect in the 2015 cycle, cornerback Kevin Toliver II (who has since dropped down to No. 4).

The No. 1 overall prospect in the 2016 cycle, offensive tackle Gregory Little, committed to Texas A&M this summer, but Moses would get the Tigers back on the board with top-ranked recruits.

They just need to hold on to him for another three years.


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