June 10, 2011

Moon getting close to a decision

T.J. Moon plans to spend Friday in Columbia, S.C.

And if everything goes according to plan, Moon will spend next week making college plans.

The 5-foot-9, 216-pound running back from Stone Mountain (Stephenson), Ga., is planning to pick his college of choice sometime in the next few days.

Moon, who spent last weekend at Mississippi State and Ole Miss, has offers from the Bulldogs, Boston College, Illinois and Memphis. In addition to the Rebels, Kentucky, South Carolina and Cincinnati have expressed serious interest.

"(Mississippi) State is up there," Moon said. "South Carolina is up there. Kentucky is up there. As far as just going to those schools and hanging out with the players and everything, it's a feeling of being at home and somewhere I can see myself. This is setting the road for my future. I want to be somewhere where I can excel in the classroom and be able to have a home environment as well as have a good football to be around."

Moon wasn't naming favorites, but he had strong things to say about his Southeastern Conference suitors.

On Mississippi State:

"State is kind of like Ole Miss. It's a small town and everybody is friendly with everyone. All the coaches know everybody. The head coach knows everybody by name down to the trainers and everything."

On Kentucky:

"We have a few players up there, so that would be really nice to go up there and play with those guys."

On South Carolina:

"I'd like to go down there and learn a little from Marcus Lattimore, sit behind him for a year or two and help him out."

On Ole Miss:

"They run the pro-style offense and it's a small town. Even though I'm from the city, I want to be somewhere quiet. The coaches really seem to care about their players and their well-being. …They told me that they're (losing) two big backs of my caliber and they're going to take two or three this year. This will definitely be the one I'll keep my eye on as far as the depth chart situation and coming here and playing early. …They said they really liked my hands. I was able to catch out of the backfield and run routes lined up in the slot and that I was able to move with my feet just as well as the little scatbacks."

Moon rushed for almost 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing as a junior.

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