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Why 5-star Maryland target Dylan Moses is the most in-demand 2017 football prospect

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The Terps are shooting even higher than the stars here, but let's meet everyone's favorite prospect.

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It isn't surprising that the Maryland football program wants Dylan Moses.

When the Terps offered him a scholarship (apparently this week), they joined a list of schools that includes Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson and every other national power in the sport. If a school hasn't offered Moses, it's probably because it knows it won't get him and doesn't feel like wasting them.

Moses, a two-way linebacker and running back prospect who committed but then decommitted from LSU last summer, is a deeply wanted young man.

The Terps are nowhere near a top contender at this point for Moses' services. But it's at least a little exciting to see DJ Durkin – whose Florida bona-fides are increasingly well-documented – and his program make a little impression on the rising senior at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Before we go any further here, read this: Maryland is probably not getting him.

But recruiting is a process meant for dreamers, so what's all the fuss about Moses?

"Moses is an obvious elite talent at running back or linebacker," SB Nation national recruiting analyst Bud Elliott told me, "and has been since the seventh grade, which is why schools like Alabama and LSU offered him so early."

Here's a clip from a Scout article in March, titled "Dylan Moses is not normal":

Moses is just not normal and he is different in so many ways. Just about all are good, too.

He measured in at 6-foot-2, 227 pounds at The Opening New Orleans Regional and he became the first 2017 prospect invited to The Opening Finals at the end of the day.

At running back and linebacker he did some work at Saturday; he was the best at both.

Moses is just different and he is a humble, mature young man who has been working hard for over 10 years for the fame he is getting now. He is handling it well -- a lot like former No. 1 prospect in the country Leonard Fournette.

Here's one from Son of a Coach:

It's impossible not to notice that Moses is the best athlete on the field. He chases down ball carriers like at a different level than everyone else and has true sideline to sideline speed. I was expecting that though.

What I didn't expect was for Moses to be so advanced with his instincts and recognition skills. He sees it and goes and obviously has the speed to close and make plays so fast. He takes the occasional false step, but that is really just nitpicking. He is able to shoot gaps and make plays from the backside because he sees it right away and has the speed to run the play down.

Here's a video of Moses devastating high school football teams:

Below, fast-forward to the 1:30 mark to see Moses performing what ought to be a criminal act against some poor center and running back:

If it ever happened, Moses would be the most incredible commit Maryland has ever gotten. He's already 6'2 and 200 pounds, and he could turn into a star almost immediately.

He's probably going to play his college football at Not Maryland. But if you're into following the bluest of blue-chip recruits and keeping an eye on someone who could – in theory – transform Maryland on either offense or defense, keep an eye this season on Moses. Once he gets to college, watching him will have been worth the wait.