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Feelin’ Moody: Can Syracuse Land Bookend DEs in Justin Moody & Ogundeko?

The Philly pass rusher is having a big year for his undefeated George Washington squad.

With the current Orange enjoying its bye week, The Fizz fires up Syracuse’s recruiting engine. The latest addition to the list of 2013 prospects is defensive end Justin Moody. The Philly native favors SU and Pittsburgh as his top schools. Rutgers, USF, Temple, Purdue, Buffalo and Old Dominion round out Moody’s offer list.

The 6’3” 240 lbs. beast had a tremendous junior season that has carried over into his senior stint. Moody had 20 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks and five forced fumbles last year and currently anchors the defense for 4-0 George Washington High School. Head coach Ron Cohen has seen the development of Moody, and gave The Fizz a thumbnail of Moody in the college game:

“He’s an aggressive young man that plays both sides of the ball. For the next level, I’m pretty sure hopefully defensive tackle or defensive end. He has good speed and quickness off the ball.”

Speed definitely fits the profile for a Syracuse defensive player. The Orange has struggled so far preventing the big play this season. Finding big guys on the line that have speed is a huge plus. SU has certainly explored those types like commit Wayne Williams and highly sought Ebenezer Ogundeko. The Marrone Era continues to be centered around accumulating fast, playmaking talent.

The Orange must pounce on Moody’s services quickly. Syracuse can’t only play the ACC card since Pitt also has a chance to land Moody. Geography actually favors SU in this battle. Quick pop quiz: Which campus is closer to Philadelphia? The correct answer is Syracuse (by about 50 miles), even though Pittsburgh is in Moody’s home state.

He can play in the MetLife College Classic for two years as well compete in the Carrier Dome. It would also help if SU could pull out a win next Friday night when it hosts the Panthers, and perhaps crawl up the BE power rankings. Coach Cohen says Justin should be making a visit soon as well as to other Big East competitors:

“He’s going to take a trip up to Syracuse, Central Florida, Purdue, Pittsburgh, probably Temple. Right now that’s what we are trying to figure out. We are in the meat of our season so it’s tough.”

Ironically enough, the three-star Moody ranks 17th in the top players from Pennsylvania, with SU QB commit Austin Wilson right behind him at #18. Wilson is killing it right now at East Pennsboro posting big numbers. Moody also plays basketball at George Washington. Perhaps he’s giving Coach Boeheim a call or hitting up Dion Waiters to ball up at the local courts before training camp with the Cavs.

But Moody is all business during football season. He has been a mainstay for his high school team. Cohen says he gets respect from the locker room on and off the field.

“He’s done a very good job. The kids listen to him. He’s been on varsity for four years, a four year starter. They respect his ability and his leadership.”

George Washington currently leads the pack in its division with an undefeated record. The Fizz asked Cohen if Moody has an “it” factor that separates him from other players. Come the end of each week, Cohen says Justin is off to the races:

“He has a motor that he turns on game day. He works hard in practice. But on game day he hits the other switch. He plays very aggressive and doesn’t come off the field too often.”

Imagine an incoming set of bookend DEs in Moody and Ogundeko? Syracuse has had its eyes on Moody since last year, and now is the time to try and seal the deal.

Posted: Brendan Glasheen


30 Comments on this Post

  1. This program needs to sell itself as D-End U. with guys like Freeney, Arthur & Chandler Jones tearing up the NFL… I’m sure they do that though.

    It’s interesting to think about what recruiting will look like once we get a few more guys in the NFL. We should send a handful of guys this year in Nassib, Sales, Lemon, Shamarko… might be others I’m forgetting.

  2. Russell MacEachern

    RU prioritised 4* Alquadin Muhammed over Moody and 1 or 2 others but stopped recruiting him when they did’nt get an early commit so u can drop RU from that list, they don’t have room since the FR. DT/E from PSU transfered to them!!I think we can get Moody easier than EO cause he wants to stay fairly close to home!!I think he may be raw but have a bigger upside than EO but both would be a COUP!!

  3. Russell MacEachern

    Fizz was correct,its probably between us and Pitt unless someone new comes into the picture!!Winning a few would obviously help!!

  4. Russell MacEachern

    @Derek, are any of our NFL potentials HCs recruits or GRobs?

  5. Russell MacEachern

    Guys,one thing I notice about the Dougie is he shrewdly grabs some good players that slip thru the cracks but we can’t keep coming in second to whoever!!We NEED at top 50 type recruiting class to compete at an equal level with any D1 team cause even MAC teams are getting talent!!!

  6. They’re all still GRobs, aren’t they?

    In any case, that’s not my point. It’s not what coach puts them there. It’s hearing the starters say “Syracuse” when they go through the starting lineups at the beginning of an NFL football game.

    It’s great to be able to point to a great NFL player that came out of your school as well, especially when you’re recruiting at that position.

  7. Russell MacEachern

    Thats worrys me?what game are u watching?Im gonna watch BC/Clem!!and of course the Cinncy game!

  8. Russell MacEachern

    Your absolutely correct,every time their on TV and do something they’re a walking,living advertisement!!

  9. Russell MacEachern

    Derek,HaHa I had to laugh when I glanced at ur first post as I thought u called us Deadend U HaHa,till I looked closer!lol..

  10. Um, Cincy looks real good against VT right now. I’m wondering if VT sucks or if the Big East is just this good this year.

    I’ve got Ohio St vs. Mich St on the tv and Cincy vs VT on the laptop. I try to watch the Big East games when I can to see what we’re up against.

  11. Cuse Don't Luse

    next year we will put several players into training camps that may be like 3 year players but we don’t have any star talent at some point we are going to have to tell an EO that we aren’t there yet and he can start as a true freshmen…for those that say marrone isn’t the right guy look at this season one point to a northwestern team we let off the hook then 2 good opponents and a win plus the players we are bringing in are starting to impress me Zach Allen elite 11 qb from my state always impressive george morris ashtony broyld and deviant mcfarlane (plus augustus edwards)… if u think we have a 3 headed monster right now wait 2 years then the o line is getting tremendous recruits… 2 top 50 positional linemen plus a gem in palmer then 2 outstanding tight end recruits the d line is doing good just need a commitment from one of these 2, depth at lb for years with davis lynch and vigille then reddish and eskridge along with whigham and morgan round out the secondary so all we really need is another d-line commit and some recieveres because it will be rough next year losing lemon nassib and sales but things r looking up right now for a 1-3 team

  12. I’ve been seeing that EO’s recruitment is a 2 team race between ND and UF. Thought i would pass that along.

  13. @Russell MacEachern;I know that you don’t get the Post Standard out there in Albany,so I’m sending you this article about George Morris III. Remember in an earlier post,I said that I thought that he looked the best of all of the running backs in the Spring Game.

    I apologize to all for posting it here.

    Syracuse football tailback George Morris III will likely redshirt this season, but the future appears to be very bright for the Georgia product. Here is what running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley has to say about the rookie:

    “George Morris (6-foot, 195 pounds) is what I call a skinny big man. He’s a very thin kid, but he is 195 pounds. You look at him and you don’t think he’s 195, more like 175. A year in the weight room with (strength) Coach (Will) Hicks and I’m excited just for spring football.

    “George is what I call a natural running back. Sometimes you have to drill certain things into guys. George does them naturally. George has a natural drop in his weight (lowering his center of gravity) when he makes moves. George is a smooth and fluid runner. He has great cuts, and he does it naturally. There are things he does that you don’t have to teach him. The drills we do, he does them as if he’s been doing them his whole life. He’s a natural running back.

    “And once he gets it all . . . and part of the maturation process is we’ve got him on the scout team to toughen him up a little bit where he’s getting a little crap kicked out of him once in a while. That’s the seasoning right there. He’s marinating.”

    The Orange (1-3, 0-0) has employed a three-tailback rotation thus far – juniors Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley and true freshman Ashton Broyld. SU will return to action at 7 p.m. Friday when it faces Pittsburgh (2-2, 0-1) in the Carrier Dome in a Big East contest.

  14. Russell MacEachern

    @CuseDontlose,I knew u would’nt desert us HaHa and ur right about most of what u said!!@Derek,good for Cinncy and the BE,I was scared they would choke at the end for a minute!!Im glad u watched w/me it was a great game!!

  15. Russell MacEachern

    The BE for an underrated conference is pretty damn good and anytime someone wants a good team thats where they look!!ACC is as usual overrated!!

  16. @Cuse Don’t Luse;right on kid,right on. No one could have said it better. Great post.

  17. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,most running backs should’nt start playing in their first yrs unless their RRice or JMorris rare guys,look at 5*Savon Huggins at RU,he took quite a beating as a fr!!I worry about us rushing AB into a big role too early cause surin shit hes gonna fumble!!Work him in little by little and those guys will be beasts next yr!!

  18. Russell MacEachern

    Carlton,yeah FLa was his choice when he was gonna commit in Aug and ND right behind him but watch for Ron Moody from Philly a LBer/DL to go here or Pitt!!….Ron,CDL knows his stuff!!Im impressed and glad hes still w/us!

  19. @Russell MacEachern;Every freshman coming out of high school thinks their the greatest,until they run into a defensive player bigger,faster and stronger than they are. It’s gotta be shocking when reality sets in and it tells them that they need to wait a year for their turn to play and or maybe longer a period of time.

    I agree Russell,playing a freshman(I don’t care how good he is) is ridiculous .

  20. Russell MacEachern

    Carl,FSUs on the road so ur off?

  21. Russell MacEachern

    Carlton,its always good to get the viewpoint from Fla as up here we hear what they want us to hear!!

  22. @Russ, Ya i’m off today. All my boss’s flew down /w the team yesterday at 1. Unfortunately the peons dont get to fly /w the team :P. Its ok though i’ve been really sick this week. So glad for the time off. Just been laying on the couch and watching football. I saw that thing about EO on a ND blog called one foot down. Its part of SB nation and is the equivalent to nunes for SU. I saw someone else post the same thing couple weeks ago dont recall the site though.

  23. Cuse Don't Luse

    don’t mean to desert sophomore year is a bitch i will shoot for a couple of posts a week

  24. @Cuse Don’t Luse;CDL;your class work is more important than posting here just to make us happy. Get it done right so that in 2 years from now your walking on stage to receive your diploma. That’s going to carry you through the rest of your life bud. don’y woory about anything else.

    @Carlton;I was watching parts of the FSU/USF game yesterday and it looked like FSU was struggling a little. I was wondering being ranked #4 in the land,do the southern liberals get as upset with the university for not blowing out a team like USF,the way the northern liberals(idiots)do here in the upstate region? Do they scream for the ouster of Jimbo Fisher the way they are for removing Doug Marrone? Are they asking for a quarterback change because he can’t produce enough points to satisfy them? I was just wondering what it was like after a close game down in la-la land.

  25. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,that game was closer than the final score,FSU caught a break when USFs QB had to sit a play and their ice cold backup was sacked and fumbled the game away!!otherwise were still playing a 23-23 game or OT game…..game was basically a stalemate!!USF did the BE proud and they always give FSU fits w/o equal talent!!

  26. @Russell MacEachern,I agree with your assessment of being a close game and the score isn’t a good indicator of just how close it was. In my post to Carlton I was being a little sarcastic about all of the cry babies up here and was just wondering if FSU got the same treatment from their fans in Florida.

  27. Russell MacEachern

    Carlton,hows ur FF team doing?Im 2-1 b4 today!

  28. @Ron, Not really ppl love this team. Fisher gots awhile before ppl boo him. Being ranked in the top 5 and bring in back to back top 3 recruiting classes earn ya that.

    @Russ, my one FF teams is 2-1 my other is 3-0.

  29. Russell MacEachern

    Carlton,Im behind by 4 pts in my FF league with my opponent still has Bears D tommorow night,Ill probably be 2-2 tonight!!HaHa..its early yet!!

  30. Thanks for the feedback guys.I think its realisitic SU can land one of the two, between EO and Moody. Moody has been nasty so far this year, carrying over from last year. EO brings in the NY talent, though. Syracuse defense has been pretty good this year. The offense needs to pick up the speed and get consistent. When ZAllen comes along, along with AWilson, it should be fun to see who gets the nod in the depth chart

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