McDonough (Ga.) Henry County standout Chris Moody started at safety as a sophomore. A season later as a junior in 2010, he moved to quarterback and produced more than 2,000 yards of offense for a team that reached the playoffs.
That smooth transition speaks volumes about Moody's talents, according to his coach.
"He's got good speed and a great arm," Henry County coach Mike Rozier said."And he could play defensive back [in college], too, because he's got a great vertical."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Moody picked up his first two offers this week. The first, from Virginia Tech, came Monday. A day later, South Carolina pulled the trigger.
"Virginia Tech offered him as an athlete, but after they watched his film they called back and said they're going to recruit him as a quarterback," Rozier said. "South Carolina said they'd recruit him as an athlete, but wouldn't rule out him playing quarterback after [Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier] saw the tape."
Besides South Carolina and Virginia Tech, Moody also has heard from Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi Sate and Virginia.
"He's also got really good grades," Rozier notes.
Last season, Moody, who won the starting quarterback job during spring practice, passed for 1,382 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He produced another 778 yards and seven scores on the ground.
"He could definitely play quarterback in college," Rozier said. "He's an athletic quarterback, like the quarterback Virginia Tech has now. He's a dual-threat runner and thrower. He can throw it extremely well on the run more than as a drop-back passer. And he can tuck it and run. He's kind of a big kid - a physical type of quarterback."