LB Moody, QB Rozier to visit Vols

Tennessee’s final few days of spring football practice will include some intriguing prospects.

First, there’s 2009 prospect Dexter Moody, who will visit this weekend. UT is evaluating whether to offer Moody a scholarship.

Moody signed with Georgia in February but was given an unconditional release following an incident with one of his teachers at Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, Ga.

“Me and my dad are planning on going up there (to Knoxville),” Moody told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They talked like they were going to offer me a scholarship. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see. They just want to meet me in person and everything.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was considered one of the top prospects in the Southeast and one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation when he picked the Bulldogs over Florida and Memphis among other schools.

Moody told AJC.com that he has no hard feelings concerning Georgia. He said he became aware of the Vols through UT linebackers coach Lance Thompson.

“Coach Thompson said they need some linebackers really bad,” Moody said. “I’m definitely very interested in Tennessee. It wouldn’t be bad to go there and be able to play against Georgia every year.

“That would be something, taking out some of my feelings against the team that released me. I think it would be fun.”

Two-Sporter: UT also is expecting a visit from quarterback Mike Rozier, a former Boston Red Sox farmhand who was released earlier this month.

Rozier will visit UT on Thursday and plans to make a decision soon thereafter, according to The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.

Rozier also is considering South Carolina and would be considered a walk-on. Often times, major league clubs will pay expenses for prospects who decide to return to college. Rozier is eligible to play this fall.

Rozier, 22, signed with North Carolina to play quarterback in 2004 from Henry County High School in Stockbridge, Ga.

Rozier originally committed to play baseball for Clemson. He was then drafted in the 12th round by the Red Sox and subsequently signed.

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NoChildLeftaDime writes:

143

Days til kickoff.

thebjd#424943 writes:

Moody, heard this morning in Atlanta he's coming.

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

somebodys pi**ed...............

Agee_Vols_82 writes:

Unless Rozier looks like Prince Fielder or Bonds, he's not gonna be a lineman. My guess is he'll be a QB.

UTandETSUfan writes:

Is Rozier a QB? I can't find his position anywhere in the article.

SEAL_9821 writes:

I know this doesn't relate to the article but do we have a definite number of people they're letting in the Orange and White game this wk? I remember them saying only 40-50,000 last month. I just hope that's not true because I would love to hit at least 60,000 mark to prove a point to the staff and rest of the SEC that we are pumped.

RPWhite writes:

Rozier is a tall dude (6'5"), throw him the fade in the corner of the endzone. Not too fast though.

Vol_4_Life writes:

in response to VOLinCockCuntry:

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...Ya thanks for the great journalism. You left out the most important detail!

NoChildLeftaDime writes:

I Googled and found this:

By Phil Kornblut
Former Boston Red Sox farmhand and North Carolina quarterback signee Mike Rozier plans to give college football a shot after being released by the Red Sox two weeks ago, and he's looking at walking on at either USC or Tennessee according to his father, who was his high school coach in Stockbridge, GA. "He came home and said I've got to get an education, and he said he'd like to go back to football," Mike Rozier Sr. said. "He looked around for his style, he's a pro style quarterback. South Carolina watched film and really liked him. He met with coach Wolford and coach Spurrier when he was there." Rozier will visit Tennessee Thursday and plans to make a decision soon after that. "I know he really likes South Carolina," his father said." The 22 year old Rozier signed with North Carolina for football in 2004 after backing off a baseball commitment to Clemson. That summer he was drafted in the 12th round by the Red Sox. With Scott Boras as his agent, he was able to negotiate first round money so he signed. His senior season of high school baseball he was 10-0 with a .099 ERA. He struck out 127 batters in 64 innings. Rozier made it as high as Double "A" before his release this spring. His senior season of football, Rozier passed for 1302 yards.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

Here is Rozier's baseball record, he's a Big O Boy.

http://www.soxprospects.com/players/r...

thebjd#424943 writes:

QB prospect as well as 90 mph fastball.

http://www.soxprospects.com/players/r...

UTandETSUfan writes:

He is a QB. Here is his old Rival's page
http://northcarolina.rivals.com/viewp...

VolPatrick writes:

"Moody, who's from Twin City, Ga., has admitted to getting into an altercation with a male chemistry teacher at Emanuel County Institute. One report said Moody threatened the teacher. His coach at ECI, Milan Turner, said that Moody did not follow the plan Georgia laid out for him regarding his eligibility, schoolwork and behavior, prompting the Bulldogs to give him his unconditional release."

That is from Chris Low at ESPN.com

Not sure if this is a good thing. "Behavior" plans for kids coming out of high school into big time football? I thought the staff was turning over a new leaf.

I guess we'll see.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to thebjd#424943:

QB prospect as well as 90 mph fastball.

http://www.soxprospects.com/players/r...

except its dropped into only the "Low 80's" recently. Hasn't touched 90's in a few years, from what I read.

Volunatic writes:

in response to VolPatrick:

"Moody, who's from Twin City, Ga., has admitted to getting into an altercation with a male chemistry teacher at Emanuel County Institute. One report said Moody threatened the teacher. His coach at ECI, Milan Turner, said that Moody did not follow the plan Georgia laid out for him regarding his eligibility, schoolwork and behavior, prompting the Bulldogs to give him his unconditional release."

That is from Chris Low at ESPN.com

Not sure if this is a good thing. "Behavior" plans for kids coming out of high school into big time football? I thought the staff was turning over a new leaf.

I guess we'll see.

I agree with you about that-- Georgia already considered him a problem.
UT hasn't offered a scholarship to him yet, but it sounds like a possibility from what I've read. If he does sign on at UT and then does ANYTHING wrong off the field, it would be pretty embarrassing for all UT alumni/Vol fans.

thebjd#424943 writes:

in response to UTandETSUfan:

except its dropped into only the "Low 80's" recently. Hasn't touched 90's in a few years, from what I read.

It looks like the hitters pounded him in Double A as well. If he can play I would like to have him. Professional baseball as a right handed pitcher on any level is exceptional.

ctownvol writes:

in response to VOLinCockCuntry:

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You would think Journalism 101 would demand all the necessary facts. Duh.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to thebjd#424943:

It looks like the hitters pounded him in Double A as well. If he can play I would like to have him. Professional baseball as a right handed pitcher on any level is exceptional.

I agree, if he can play, bring him on. Pro sports on any level is an accomplishment.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to Volunatic:

I agree with you about that-- Georgia already considered him a problem.
UT hasn't offered a scholarship to him yet, but it sounds like a possibility from what I've read. If he does sign on at UT and then does ANYTHING wrong off the field, it would be pretty embarrassing for all UT alumni/Vol fans.

IMO it is hard to get something more embarrassing than 5-7.

nwcs writes:

Rozier sounds like another Chris Weinke.

HendersonVol writes:

Left Handed QB

Pro-style quarterback
Stockbridge (GA) Henry Country
Ht: 6-foot-5
Wt: 205 lbs
Forty: 5.1 secs
Bench max: 235 pounds
Bench reps: 7
Squat max: 385 pounds
Vertical: 26 inches
GPA: 3.3
Class: 2004 (High School)

July 15, 2004

Is Rozier UNC's QB and staff ace of the future?
Andrew Skwara
CarolinaBlue.com

Talk about it in Football Recruiting Board
North Carolina’s quarterback and staff ace. Don’t be surprised if Michael Rozier owns both titles before his 21st birthday. With Darian Durant entering his final year of eligibility, Henry County’s (Ga.) Rozier may be given a chance to win the starting QB job next fall. A fastball in the low 90s along with a couple of other nasty pitches may land the 19-year-old left-hander on the Tar Heels' starting rotation this spring.

Michael Rozier will likely turn down the chance to sign a lucrative pro baseball contract to play football and baseball for UNC.
A member of UNC’s 2004 football signing class, Rozier (6-5, 222), looks destined to be a two-sport athlete in college, despite being drafted in the 12th round by the Boston Red Sox.

In recent weeks, any negotiations between Rozier and the Red Sox have died down.

“It would take a life-changing amount of money for Michael to consider signing a pro baseball contract,” said his father and prep football coach Mike Rozier. “We threw out a high figure and if the (Red Sox) bit, he might look at it, but we haven’t heard much since then.
“As of right now, Michael is planning on reporting to UNC on Aug. 8.”

The lack of inactivity from the Red Sox is likely due to the high-asking price and Rozier’s “advisor” Scott Boras, the famous agent whose clientel includes Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux and Alex Rodriguez. Rozier cannot sign with an agent under NCAA rules.

“A lot of teams don’t like to talk with (Boras),” said the elder Rozier. “He’s a tough negotiator, but he is also one of the best.”

Rozier, who is academically qualified, seems to be focused on his football career for now. He has reportedly added 12 pounds to his lanky frame since the end of the baseball season and now weighs 222 pounds.

“The coaches at UNC said they want him to weigh 240,” coach Rozier said. “He won’t weigh that much by the time he reports. He will probably be closer to 225.”

A pro-style quarterback blessed with a strong arm, Rozier, threw for 1,302 yards for Henry County, a struggling program that went 1-9 competing in Georgia’s biggest classification this past season. He ran much of the offense out of the shotgun formation.

Rozier dominated in baseball, going 10-0 with a 0.99 ERA. In 64 innings pitched, he struck out 127 batters.

Rozier reportedly gave a verbal commitment to play baseball for Clemson, before deciding to come to Chapel Hill. He received interest from Georgia, Tech and Mississippi State, but said several programs wouldn’t allow him to play two sports.

RPWhite writes:

High School Stats from Rivals on Rozier
http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/...

GahLee writes:

I've also heard that Greg Paulus...the PG from Duke will be giving UT a look...he has only one year of football eligibility to be had but he was the Gatorade high school player of the year coming out of high school...should be interesting to see where Moody,Rozier and Paulus end up.

GahLee writes:

Paulus played QB for those who didn't know...I believe that he about 6'3-200 pounds...interesting to see what happens...he was in Ann Arbor today.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to GahLee:

Paulus played QB for those who didn't know...I believe that he about 6'3-200 pounds...interesting to see what happens...he was in Ann Arbor today.

he was the #1 qb prospect when he came out of high school

volhallathunder writes:

in response to ctownvol:

You would think Journalism 101 would demand all the necessary facts. Duh.

Where the hell do you think you are?

GahLee writes:

in response to UTandETSUfan:

he was the #1 qb prospect when he came out of high school

Yeah he was very good...thought that he had a better future in basketball...which didn't really work out...he would have been better suited playing football from the jump.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

Moody told AJC.com that he has no hard feelings concerning Georgia.

It wouldn’t be bad to go there and be able to play against Georgia every year.

“That would be something, taking out some of my feelings against the team that released me. I think it would be fun.”

Sounds a bit contradictory to me. If he has "no hard feelings", what kind of feelings would it be "fun" to take out against the team that released him. Don't mean to sound negative, but I don't have a very good feeling about this kid.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

GahLee writes:

Ok so Paulus is 6-1 180...Coach Cut is giving him a tryout at receiver...which would probably be better considering his size...he wouldn't last in the SEC.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to GahLee:

Ok so Paulus is 6-1 180...Coach Cut is giving him a tryout at receiver...which would probably be better considering his size...he wouldn't last in the SEC.

Paulus? Where does the article say anything about a "Paulus"?

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

GahLee writes:

Heard about it...not through this grape vine...see prior posts...Greg Paulus the PG for Duke...who was the Gatorade high school player of the year at the QB position.

SPEVol writes:

His brother, Mike Paulus, is a QB for UNC.

volfreak25 writes:

in response to UTandETSUfan:

Is Rozier a QB? I can't find his position anywhere in the article.

He is a LB, here is the paragraph that was in the report!!

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was considered one of the top prospects in the southeast and one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation when he picked the Bulldogs over Florida and Memphis aragraph in the report!

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to volfreak25:

He is a LB, here is the paragraph that was in the report!!

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was considered one of the top prospects in the southeast and one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation when he picked the Bulldogs over Florida and Memphis aragraph in the report!

Wrong, that is about Moody.

Rozier is a QB, see my later post.

Voluvr writes:

Rozier, What? QB...I've been saying go to the baseball team for one, but this will do.

Now were talking. Wait, he's Tebow's size, they say he looks like him, nawwwwww.

cobbwebb writes:

does anyone know if dominique ferguson visited kville this past weekend? i know this is off topic but this kid would be a huge get for pearl in 2010!

MrBamSeydu writes:

Moody was kicked out of UGA because he got into an argument with a professor that turned ugly. He is a hot head, but if he can tone that down and concentrate that energy to the football field, he could be a positive player. I see him playing special teams the next 2 seasons and possibly finding himself more in the LB rotation after that. He needs to gain about 20 lbs.

GahLee writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

Moody was kicked out of UGA because he got into an argument with a professor that turned ugly. He is a hot head, but if he can tone that down and concentrate that energy to the football field, he could be a positive player. I see him playing special teams the next 2 seasons and possibly finding himself more in the LB rotation after that. He needs to gain about 20 lbs.

I agree on almost every thing that you said...other than him having to put on weight...at 210 that is about right for an outside linebacker, especially in Mote's system which emphasizes speed over size...granted I haven't seen this kid, but if yu look at any college roster these days you will say a number of linebackers that are around 210-215, the game has just changed.

GahLee writes:

Meant to say Monte's system...obviously.

vols21 writes:

be nice to sign Rozier. we need one more QB - in case of injury if nothing else. And somewhere in the deep dark memories from last year....wasn't it a walk-on at UCLA that won that game (I think we had a game out west <g>)

GahLee writes:

Straight from ESPN's Bruce Feldman, this is his top 10 list of players that have no shot of winning the Heisman this year...our boy is number 1 on the list.

Eric Berry, Tennessee safety: The past few seasons have been dismal for Vol fans, but at least they have Berry. The guy is a ball-hawking, playmaking, vicious-hitting DB that probably would've been a top-five NFL draft pick had he been eligible to come out this year. Last season he not only had seven INTs for an amazing 265 return yards, he also proved to be an intimidator in the back of the UT defense. It's not a stretch to say Berry is better at his position than his competitors by a wider margin than anyone else in the country is at theirs.

Tenn_Dawg writes:

Moody is an excellent player. CMR and Georgia had a plan regarding his progress with school work and behavior for Moody to follow in order to gain admittance into UGA. Moody did not follow that plan so he is the sole reason his scholly was pulled.

It is true that he had an altercation with a Chemistry teacher. There is also an unsubstantiated rumor that he may have made inappropriate advances towards a ECI coaches wife. It is highly likely that he will not qualify this year based on his grades and his lack of effort to turn them around. The bottom line is he is a very gifted athlete with questionable character and a bad attitude. Like a poster above said if he can keep his nose clean, do his school work and channel that attitude he can be a great player. If not it will be a wasted scholly.

PaulTheVol writes:

Moody is a great prospect but he has character issues. It wasn't just one incident that led to UGA letting him go. Having said that, we have won many championships with "character issue" guys. We just had great team leadership to keep them straight.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to GahLee:

Straight from ESPN's Bruce Feldman, this is his top 10 list of players that have no shot of winning the Heisman this year...our boy is number 1 on the list.

Eric Berry, Tennessee safety: The past few seasons have been dismal for Vol fans, but at least they have Berry. The guy is a ball-hawking, playmaking, vicious-hitting DB that probably would've been a top-five NFL draft pick had he been eligible to come out this year. Last season he not only had seven INTs for an amazing 265 return yards, he also proved to be an intimidator in the back of the UT defense. It's not a stretch to say Berry is better at his position than his competitors by a wider margin than anyone else in the country is at theirs.

I saw that too, All the USC fans on there are crying because of the last sentence. Even though Mays made the list as well, they think he is 10x Eric Berry (spend a few min. laughing right now).

GahLee writes:

Bryce has never been in trouble, and his grades are good...just a little wishful thinking on your part.

GahLee writes:

Taylor is a stud no doubt but Eric is better in my mind because he isn't surrounded with a bunch of NFL talent and he isn't playing against SEC talent either.

DAJUANMAN writes:

2 worthless players who will never see the field

GahLee writes:

Your no scout.

belayvol writes:

Ought to be worth a look at both. Might turn out to be a plus.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to tweetdriver63#346474:

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Look at the time of my article!!!! They changed the headline recently. Dumb***

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