A member of the Hallandale high school trio verbally committed to the University of Utah, may have more to think about before signing day in February. Zack Moss, one of three Utah commits from Miami's Hollandale high school, reportedly had a home visit yesterday from Tennessee that appears to have gone very well. Moss is now set to visit Tennessee on January 29th.
Moss is a 5-9 200 lb. running back who has verbally commited to the University of Utah along with high school teamates Demari Simpkins, a 6-0 180 lb. receiver, and Tyler Huntley, a 6-1 178 lb. quarterback and Gatorade's Florida High School player of the year. Both Simpkins and Huntley were early enrollees and have already signed their letters of intent.
Moss was originally commited to the University of Miami, but reconsidered his options after Al Golden was let go and eventually gave a verbal commitment to join his teammates playing in Salt Lake City. Tennessee's head coach Butch Jones appears to making a serious run at Moss, repotedly telling him the Vols needed him "badly."
Moss appeared to be impressed with the Vols recruiting pitch. He commented how he was impressed with Tennessee's facilities and academic department of his preferred major, combined with saying how badly they wanted him. Moss, a bigger back, also remarked that he liked how he would fit in Tennessee's system.
Despite the positive visit from Tennessee, Moss says he is still solid with Kyle Whittingham and Utah. Obviously Utah's run first offense is appealing to a running back in addition to the opportunity to play with high school teammates. Moss will have a decision to make when he returns from visiting Knoxville on January 29th.
It has become more and more common in recent years for verbal commits to change their mind once, twice or even three times before they sign with a school. A player like Moss who grew up in the southeast may be hard to hold onto if the thought of playing in the highly decorated Southeastern Conference appeals to him. Utah would be a big change for a kid from Florida, although in Moss's case he would have the support of friends already enrolled and the coaching staff with adjusting to life in Salt Lake City. Utah has not had many serious recruiting battles with SEC schools in the past, so it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.