A big offseason goal for class of 2016 linebacker Jeremiah Moon (Hoover, Ala.) was to earn an offer from Auburn. After participating in an Auburn camp in June, Moon came away with an offer from the Tigers, impressing assistant Ellis Johnson.
"I was very excited," said Moon, who stands at 6-foot-4, 193 pounds. "I'd made up my mind to go to camp a long time ago because I really wanted that offer, so I'm glad I got it. It's an in-state school with good instructors."
Johnson goes back with Moon's family. When Johnson was defensive coordinator at Alabama (1997-2000) he coached Moon's uncle, Darius Gilbert, who played linebacker for the Crimson Tide.
"After camp, my dad talked to coach Johnson and mentioned Darius," Moon said. "Coach Johnson said he remembers my uncle."
Of Moon's four offers, it's the Tigers and Mississippi State standing out the most at the moment. The Bulldogs offered last year when Moon attended camp and he's being recruited by assistant Geoff Collins.
"They've made me feel at home when I'm down there," Moon said.
Moon's hoping a productive junior season earns him offers from Alabama and Georgia. He was at Alabama for the first time last week and got a chance to speak one-on-one with Nick Saban.
"He asked me about my upcoming season and said they're definitely interested," Moon said. "He said to keep working hard and they'll be looking at me."
Moon is also fond of Georgia.
"I want to visit Athens," he said. "They've had some good linebackers coming out of there."
Moon said his offseason visits are over but hopes to use the season to attend games at Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia.