STATE COLLEGE, Pa.- Florida State safety commit Nick Moody of Philadelphia (Pa.) Roman Catholic made the three hour drive west to State College, Pa., last Saturday to compete at the Nike Camp being held on the Penn State campus. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had a solid outing and spoke with Rivals.com about the state of Seminole recruiting, why he chose FSU and what it means to be a special football player in a basketball town.
Moody gave a verbal commitment to Florida State on April 17. Since then, he has been helping the Seminoles coaching staff recruit some key out-of-state targets, such as fellow Pennsylvanian A.J. Alexander and Virginia Beach quarterback E.J. Manuel.
"I think it's going good (with those two)," Moody said.
The City of Brotherly Love isn't typically regarded as a hotbed of high school football talent, so representing his city as one of his region's best prospects means a lot to Moody.
"It means a lot to me," Moody said. "People around (Philadelphia) don't really care about football. I mean, I go to a basketball school. The basketball team at my school is ranked in the top 10 in the nation. But now, more people are starting to get interested in football, which is good."
Moody also talked about his own reasons for picking Florida State, which is traditionally known for closing strong, but has been on fire earlier this year.
"I liked the tradition, the atmosphere, the fact that they get people drafted and a bunch of other things," Moody said about his decision.
Seminoles defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews is Moody's recruiter of record.
"I like him a lot," Moody said.
Moody will play a position currently occupied by another product of the Northeast, former New Jersey standout Myron Rolle.
"I am going there to play rover," he said. "So that's a good fit for me."
Since his commitment, all but two schools have backed off recruiting Moody.
"(West Virginia head coach) Rich Rodriguez came by my school," Moody said. "And Penn State hasn't stopped recruiting me. Other than that, everybody else has backed off."
Moody is a Rivals250 to watch member for the Class of 2008.