Photo by Heather Middleton
By Derrick Mahone
Back in January, Virginia Tech and South Carolina were the first two schools to make scholarship offers to Henry County High rising senior Chris Moody, one of the top quarterback prospects in the country.
Now, the dual threat signal caller is holding 18 offers as he prepares for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has been making the camp rounds this summer.
He has been to camps at Clemson, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech. This weekend he will make his final stop in Statesboro at a camp at Georgia Southern, a top-level Football Championship Subdivision program.
"It has really been a blessing to have all these schools to offer me,"
Moody said. "I've got some good choices to pick from. I haven't decided on any school. It is still in the air."
Moody said he will try to cut his list by the end of the summer with plans on giving a verbal commitment to one during the season.
So far, three players from the Southern Crescent - Luella's Alvin Hill (Maryland), Lovejoy's Rico McWilliams (South Carolina) and Union Grove's D.J. White (South Florida) - have committed to a school.
Commitments are non-binding and players have the right to change their decisions. National Signing Day is Feb. 1 of next year.
Henry County runs a version of the spread offense, and Moody said he would likely chose a school that runs a similar offensive scheme.
The next question is what position will he play on the next level. Schools are recruiting him as a quarterback, defensive back or as an athlete.
Moody said his first choice is quarterback, but would keep his options open if it means getting on the field sooner.
"Of course I want to play quarterback in college," Moody said. "I just don't want to be stuck on the bench when I can play another position and get on the field."