Just weeks after pulling in the top recruiting class of 2013, Nick Saban has his eyes on the future.
The coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, who have won three of the last four BCS National Championships, has reportedly made a scholarship offer to eighth-grader Dylan Moses. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Moses hails from Baton Rouge, and he is expected to be one of the top players in the class of 2017. Last year he got an offer from LSU.
Moses' father, Edward, told Matt Scalici of AL.com that he and his son were surprised to be invited to Alabama's Junior Day a few weeks ago. There, they toured the facilities and Moses said his son was treated like a five-star recruit. They even sat down with Saban himself.
"We met with Coach Saban after lunch and he talked to Dylan about his future and what he needed to do to achieve his potential as a student and as a football player," Edward Moses said. "When he said he was offering Dylan a scholarship, we asked a lot of questions just to make sure we knew exactly what he meant. Coach Saban said the Alabama staff believes Dylan has a chance to be the best player in the country in the Class of 2017 and they were ready to offer him a scholarship. That's when the fireworks started going off in our heads."
Edward Moses said he thinks the Alabama coaching staff caught wind of his son after watching his eight-grade highlight video. Dylan played linebacker and running back for his team, and as you can see below, he was pretty much unstoppable.
So this fall Dylan may be the first player to enter high school with offers from Alabama and LSU. And Edward Moses thinks it might be beneficial that his son has entered the recruiting fray earlier than other prospects.
"We aren't putting any pressure on him with the recruiting process right now," Edward Moses said. "I think the fact that this is happening so early for him is helping him mature a little quicker than most 14 year-olds would and I think that's probably a good thing for him. Right now, all Dylan really knows is that LSU and Alabama are his favorites and he's going to spend the next few years focusing on becoming the best player he can be. I don't think he feels any need to rush his decision."