July 19, 2008

Moses makes most of UT visit

Three months ago, Morgan Moses had a last-minute schedule change force him to miss visiting the University of Tennessee campus and football team during spring camp.

On Saturday, the top offensive lineman in the class of 2009, according to Rivals, got a closer, more personal look at the Vols during an unofficial visit. Moses chatted with virtually every Vols coach. He logged extensive time with head coach Phillip Fulmer, offensive coordinator Dave Clawson, line coach Greg Adkins and receivers coach Latrell Scott, who was instrumental in getting the towering tackle to check out campus.

"When I first got here, I thought it was going to be country, but when we got around the football players and everybody that's here for the weekend for the seven-on-seven, they're all real good, down-to-earth people," said Moses, who also this summer visited Miami, Florida, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Echoing a refrain similar to other prospects who have enjoyed their trips to Knoxville, Moses pointed to the close-knit Tennessee campus.

"The environment, it's a great environment," said the No. 22 prospect on the Rivals100. "It's a family here. I got to hang out with a couple of players (Preston Bailey and Jacques McClendon), and you know I just felt comfortable."

Though Moses hasn't begun to trim an offer list that rivals "Dark Knight" movie lines in length, he appreciates the variety of coaching he can receive at Tennessee.

"It's a good deal with coach Fulmer playing line here, and as a head coach he helps coaching the line, too," Moses said. "That's a great deal. There's like three coaches here who coach line, so it's not like just one coach. You can get different techniques and learn from three different coaches."

Moses also gave Tennessee's facilities rave reviews.

"Just walking through the stadium, it's such a big stadium that's seated what, 110,000 fans," he said. "And they're building a lot of new facilities. It's real great. They got a nice new locker room. We walked in there. It's a real good size."

When the commonwealth of Virginia's top prospect first met both Clawson and Scott at a Richmond Spiders camp as a high school freshman, he was 6-foot-2, 265 pounds. Now Moses, whose mammoth hands have been palming basketballs since age 11, measures 6-7, 340. He likes the relationship he's developing with the personable Scott, emerging as one of the country's brightest, up-and-coming recruiters and position coaches.

"He's a real cool guy, especially with him being from Richmond," Moses said of Scott, a Richmond native who earned All-America honors at Hampton. "So he's real cool to deal with."

While Moses maintains a wide-open approach to his recruitment, he did reveal partial plans for the fall.

"I'm definitely going to come back for a game (and official visit)," said Moses, who anticipates not making a decision until after his senior season.

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