There has never been a shortage of choices for Coppell, Texas running back Emmanuel Moody, and even after his commitment offers kept coming.
When he made his pledge to the Longhorns, schools such as Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Minnesota jumped in the mix with offers.
However, through all the phone calls in May, the new options, and the constant load of mail, he's mind is still on the home state team.
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"Every school is going to say what you want to here or try to tell you that you'll be the starter if you come, but to me I think the best go to Texas," Moody said. "My friends and family are here to watch me play and the stage is here at Texas – all eyes are on you."
Schools from all over the region and country are still actively pursuing Moody, but this running back is not bothered by it. There may be a stable of running backs in the current Texas recruiting class, but Moody is ready to make himself known.
"Yeah there are a lot of running backs coming in and there are a lot of running backs that have played at Texas who people will try and compare you to," Moody said. "There is a gap now for a year and I'll be able to come in and show people what I can do on my own."
"I want to come in and earn the starting job on my own and not be compared to anybody."
Moody, being one of the top prospects in the Lone Star state will no doubt get that chance upon arrival in Austin.
Between now and then, with recruiting out of the way, his focus is on a leadership role with his high school teammates.
"For me it's about being a leader because that's something I need to work on before college," he said. "Track is over and now spring ball is where it's at - things are going really, really well and it's fun."