To begin the week, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in 2017, Dylan Moses, excited many and surprised many more when he announced via Twitter that he has de-committed from LSU and re-opened his recruitment.
This is a once in a lifetime deal and I wanna live this process up to the fullest. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/rgQ19YTORi— King Ⓜ️oses (@TheDylan1Moses) August 3, 2015
The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker hails right from LSU’s backyard of Baton Rouge (LA), but in his explanation of why he chose to de-commit after being committed since his freshman year in high school, Moses noted "I will be doing what’s best for me versus what is expected of me."
Moses also made it clear that LSU is still his top option at the moment, but in the world of college football recruiting, everything is fair game until recruit signs an NLI. While only time will tell whether this news results in good or bad news for the hometown favorites, it certainly signifies tremendous news for the rest of the college football world.
As you could have expected, Charlie Strong and his staff have placed themselves firmly in the mix, which became evident through Moses’ father, Edward Moses Jr.
#YoungBull pic.twitter.com/E0yxG9iKnE— Edward Moses Jr (@mlfllc) August 4, 2015
In typical Texas fashion, the highly touted freshman linebacker Malik joined in on the fun and made a personal pitch to Moses.
Why not ? @TheDylan1Moses pic.twitter.com/v4pWiCSV30— Malik Jefferson 4⃣6⃣ (@Official_MalikJ) August 4, 2015
Moses seemed to be favorably receptive to Jefferson’s pitch.
BIG BRO #WhyNot? #Hook'em #Greatness https://t.co/TtGDM6eHkc— King Ⓜ️oses (@TheDylan1Moses) August 4, 2015
Whether or not this ultimately results in Texas outlasting LSU, among a slew of other powerhouse programs including Alabama and Florida State remains to be seen. But it’s certainly a positive sign for Texas that Moses’ Twitter account is spewing burnt orange appreciation at the moment, which includes a tweet from Texas legend Ricky Williams that caught Moses attention.
Bruh... Ricky Williams tweeted me #Hook'em— King Ⓜ️oses (@TheDylan1Moses) August 5, 2015
With the nation’s top 2017 prospect now on the open market, it’s practically a foregone conclusion that Strong and his staff will make themselves a convincing presence in Moses’ recruitment at every possible opportunity. And considering Moses and his family are big fans of the Longhorns head coach, via 247 Sports, it would be a surprise if Strong doesn’t make himself personally available early and often, whether it be through in-home visits, an official visit, and however many more unofficial Moses may take.
If there’s any recruit that would signify Texas progress towards resurfacing as a premier football program, it’s would be the top recruit in the entire nation. Strong and Texas have a perfect opportunity to bring that hope to fruition now.