The nation's top-ranked 2017 prospect is growing up in front of our very eyes.
Unfortunately for LSU, his maturation process means the loss of a huge commitment—at least for the time being.
Monday afternoon, linebacker Dylan Moses announced via social media that he has decommitted from LSU. Moses said he made the "very tough decision" after chatting with his parents and reassessing the definition of the word "commitment."
"After talking to my mom, I now realize that when you're truly committed to something, there's no room for others to compete," Moses wrote in a message broadcast through Twitter:
There shouldn't be any outside interest. I was younger and doing what I thought was right at the time. Now that I truly understand what being committed means, I want to think things through and make sure that the next time I commit, I will be signing a letter of intent, and there will be no other schools in the mix.
This is good news for all of the schools interested in Moses, a 6'2", 220-pound stud who can play either outside linebacker or running back. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Texas, UCLA, USC and a host of other programs will take this opportunity to resell their programs to an athlete who better understands the process.
Moses has made unofficial visits to a myriad of schools. After committing to LSU, Moses—whether it was for an unofficial visit, junior day or camp—visited Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas, Alabama and Florida State. He took in Auburn and Georgia prior to his commitment.
Although Moses—who committed as a freshman on Sept. 22, 2013—is uncommitted once again, don't be surprised if LSU is in the race when he commits again. In fact, look for the Tigers to be the team to beat.
He is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His school, University Lab, is located on the LSU campus. He has built great relationships with head coach Les Miles, recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and the rest of the Tigers coaching staff. His cousin is LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.
Moses, in short, knows everything about LSU. He doesn't know as much about some of the other programs recruiting him.
This is where the decommitment truly comes into play.
According to his social media message, Moses decommitted to explore other options and treat his process with honor. He didn't decommit because he disliked LSU.
It's easy to see why he committed 23 months ago. He was a freshman. How many freshmen can say their college football plans are already solidified?
Now a junior, Moses will give all 25 reported offers—and the multiple other schools interested—a fair shot at recruiting him—and also a shot at winning him over.
"I will be doing what's best for me versus what is expected of me," Moses said. "My plan now is (to) focus on bettering myself as a high school student-athlete, perfecting my craft and helping my teammates win another championship."
For the rest of the schools, it'll be tough to completely lure Moses from LSU. There's a good shot that he'll recommit after taking visits, unofficial and official. He even mentioned in his message that "LSU is my No. 1."
The recruiting game now resumes for Moses, a phenomenal athlete who had 152 tackles as a junior and 176.5 tackles as a sophomore.
Look for LSU to stay No. 1. But look for the other schools to do everything possible to knock the Tigers off the top spot.