Dylan Moses is a name I’ve been hearing in recruiting for a couple of years now and he hasn’t even finished his sophomore year yet.
The hype surrounding the LSU commit has been crazy, but he has absolutely lived up to it as the current top player in the 2017 recruiting cycle and the first 2017 player to receive an invite to The Opening finals this summer.
Moses is a phenomenal athlete with outstanding speed and agility. His change of direction skills are elite. He’s built like a player who can compete in college football right now and can still just gradually get bigger without losing any of his explosiveness.
It’s impossible not to notice that Moses is the best athlete on the field. He chases down ball carriers like at a different level than everyone else and has true sideline to sideline speed. I was expecting that though.
What I didn’t expect was for Moses to be so advanced with his instincts and recognition skills. He sees it and goes and obviously has the speed to close and make plays so fast. He takes the occasional false step, but that is really just nitpicking. He is able to shoot gaps and make plays from the backside because he sees it right away and has the speed to run the play down.
He is a solid tackler that will hit through ball carriers. Sometimes his aggression will lead him to over pursue, but he can change directions and adjust so quickly that it allows him to erase those mistakes so he won’t get burned by big plays.
He’s an explosive blitzer that shows great timing and is incredibly tough to for offensive linemen to pick up. He works quickly to get off blocks. Versus the run he also does a great job of getting off blocks and will use his hands to disengage. He fights through rather than avoids.
He’s fluid in his drops into coverage and flashes ball skills. He has the ability to mirror running backs in man coverage and has the tools to be someone who could get deep in the middle of the field and stick with receivers down the seam.
While Moses is certainly gifted enough to play running back at LSU, the instincts and athleticism he has make him an elite prospect at linebacker where he could easily play the Mike or the Will.
Other recruits who were hyped at a young age like Myron Rolle and Noel Devine had solid college careers, but did not quite live up to the expectations thrust upon them when they were younger. No one is can’t miss, but I would be extremely surprised if Moses didn’t live up to the hype surrounding him. He’s not just an exceptional athlete at his age. He is an exceptional football player that I would rate as one of the top recruits in the 2016 class right now if he was going into his senior season.
He’s only going to be a junior though and that makes what he can do on the football field that much more remarkable. He has the talent and ability to develop into an All-American linebacker for LSU.
Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).