University High phenom Dylan Moses commits to LSU

Dylan Moses just began his first varsity football season on the LSU campus, playing as a freshman for the University High Cubs.

Apparently he has decided he doesn’t want to leave any time soon.

The prep phenom widely regarded as the nation’s top prospect — for the Class of 2017 — announced on his Twitter account Sunday night that he has committed to LSU.

Dylan’s father, Edward Moses Jr., confirmed his son’s decision when reached late Sunday night.

The 15-year-old (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) projects as an outside linebacker or running back.

Moses made national headlines in July 2012 when he received a scholarship offer from LSU after taking part in one of the school’s summer football camps. Moses ran a 4.46 40-yard dash in that camp, recorded a 34-inch vertical leap and demonstrated an ability to defend much older players in drills.

He is believed to be the youngest player ever offered an LSU football scholarship.

The headlines only mushroomed when Moses received a scholarship offer from two-time BCS national champion Alabama after a visit to the Tuscaloosa campus in February. Alabama coach Nick Saban told Dylan Moses in a conversation during his visit that he believed Moses can become the best player in the nation for 2017, Edward Moses said.

Other offers soon followed from major programs like Florida, Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State, Texas, UCLA, Nebraska and Georgia, LSU’s opponent this week in Athens, Ga., even before Moses took his first varsity snap.

Despite that, Moses was featured in a cover story in the July 8 issue of ESPN the Magazine.

“A lack of exposure certainly won’t be his problem,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said in a June interview.

Mahaffey worried that high expectations would put undue pressure on a talented but inexperienced player.

“Every time he goes out there, people are going to expect to see this LSU football player when he’s a freshman in high school,” Mahaffey said at the time. “It puts a lot of expectations on him. But, obviously, it’s a great honor to have schools like (LSU and Alabama) interested in you.”

Moses is the second U-High standout in the last month to commit to LSU. Cubs running back Nick Brossette (6-0, 210) committed to LSU on Aug. 26 for the Class of 2015.

ESPN rates him the nation’s top 2015 running back prospect.

Their teammate, senior guard Garrett Brumfield (6-4, 285), committed to LSU as part of its Class of 2014 in April.

Brumfield, Brossette and Moses were reportedly among nearly 50 LSU commitments and prospects who reportedly made unofficial visits to attend LSU’s 35-21 victory over Auburn on Saturday.

LSU now has 14 commitments for 2014, four for 2015 — and one for 2017. Deep snapper Blake Ferguson (6-1, 235) of Buford, Ga., younger brother of current LSU deep snapper Reid Ferguson, announced Saturday that he has committed to the Tigers for 2015 as well.