George Washington High (Philadelphia) defensive end Justin Moody has Pittsburgh as his leader, but he isn’t ready to end the recruiting process because there are several other schools he still wants to visit.
He is slated to make an official visit to Temple on Jan. 18, and he is also talking with the staffs at Purdue, California and Syracuse about visits.
“Right now Pittsburgh is my top choice,” Moody said. “I’ll make a decision when I feel comfortable.”
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Moody made an official visit to Pittsburgh last month, and the vibe he got from the staff and the players made a huge impression.
“It went real well. I am really interested in them,” he said. “Coach (Paul) Chryst and the defensive line coach (Inoke Breckterfield) is the best coach I talk to. It just felt like home.”
Moody also enjoyed talking with the current members of the program.
“They were all cool,” he said. “They didn’t say anything negative about the program. They were all good players, all had good attitudes and all showed me a good time.”
Moody’s next official visit is schedule for Temple, but he could sneak one into another school before it.
“I have to take my official visit (to Cal), but I have to talk to them (today) about my situation,” Moody said. “Syracuse is talking to me a lot, but I don’t know much about them.”
Moody visited Purdue in the summer, and the new coaching staff continues to show interest.
“I like them a lot, but I don’t know much about the new coach (Darrell Hazell),” Moody said. “My coach got in touch with him and they said they’re still interested. I liked the whole environment when I went up there.”
Cal, Purdue and Temple each experienced coaching changes this offseason, and despite living in the same city as Temple, Moody needs to learn more about new coach Matt Rhule.
“I don’t know them well, but I know some of the coaches from being around the city,” Moody said. “The coaches I know there are really nice guys, and they’re determined to get me there.”