Looking to rebuild The U to the glory of years past, Miami has been heavily working to improve the talent and depth on the roster. With recruiting as the main way to do this, Mark Richt and company have been hard at work with prospects all over Florida and the Southeast.
Some of that work bore fruit on Monday night when 5-star LB Dylan Moses tweeted out his list of official visits, a list that includes a trip to the University of MIami.
THE Official Fall '16 Tour pic.twitter.com/plkSQ2UBCg— King Ⓜ️oses (@Dylan1Moses_) June 28, 2016
Moses is a dynamic talent by all accounts. 247sports and Scout both have him ranked as the #2 overall player in 2017. In case you're wondering, that's pretty good.
A Louisiana native, Moses attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. I mentioned him in a previous mailbag but those comment weren't favorable. I tweeted something to the effect of "Whoa, that's a surprise" when Moses released his list of official visits, and I stand by that. This was definitely not something that many had on the radar, and we'll have to see how this goes moving forward.
As I've said before, LSU gets basically anybody and everybody they want from Lousiana. Moses is a Lousiana native who formerly attended University Lab HS (yeah, the one on LSU's campus) before transferring to IMG, but doesn't currently have a visit to Baton Rouge scheduled. That, for me, is the thing worth watching. With the 2nd visit on the list, there's a fairly decent chance that Moses will make his trip to Coral Gables. But, if LSU comes calling, and believe me, they will, what will he do?
Looking at Moses' list, he's visiting Alabama October 1st, coming to Coral Gables to visit Miami on the 8th, then out to see Texas on the 15th. His final Ovs are to UCLA November 19th, and Ohio State November 26th.
Outside of the trips to Alabama and Texas, one thing is constant for Moses' visits: he's going to be visiting some of the biggest rivalry games in America. Miami-Florida State. UCLA-USC. Michigan-Ohio State. In that sense, a trip to Miami fits what Moses is doing. Is he going to those places more for the game or for the recruiting connection to the school hosting the game? Time will tell.
Make no mistake about it: Moses is an ELITE prospect. He's big and fast and physical and everything you could possibly want out of a linebacker. Miami could surely use a player of his talent level, but the Canes are probably running behind Alabama, and even LSU at this point in time.
Feast your eyes on Moses' highlights. You'll get a good idea as to why he's so highly recruited real quick.
Yeah, he's good. Real good.
For now, it's positive that Moses will be coming to campus for an Official Visit. But let there be no mistake: Miami will have to do a lot of work before, during, and after that visit to get Moses to sign with the Canes on National Signing Day 2017.