S.C. linebacker a big fan of new UA defensive coordinator Chavis

Posted: January 26, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Fayetteville.

Linebacker Jaylen Moody will make his third official visit this weekend when he arrives today in Fayetteville to visit Arkansas.

Moody, 6-2, 225 pounds, 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of Conway, S.C., has scholarship offers from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ole Miss, East Carolina, Georgia State and others. He has visited Ole Miss and Georgia State previously.

Defensive coordinator John Chavis and the Razorbacks fans are the main attractions for Moody.

"They have that killer defensive coordinator," Moody said. "I hear good things about him, and I know they play good ball up there. The fan support is really good."

Chavis has been communicating with Moody.

"He mostly told me what he's looking for and [what] he can do with me in their defensive schemes," Moody said.

Moody, who had 105 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 9 pass break-ups as a senior, will be accompanied on the visit by his parents. He's considering accounting as his major.

The last month or so has seen Moody's recruitment go to another level after he received a qualifying SAT score in December and schools like Arkansas, Ole Miss and others extended offers. Alabama has started to show interest and he plans to officially visit the Crimson Tide next weekend.

"It's crazy how everything is turning out and how God has blessed me with the ability, and I just thank God for helping me through this process and my coaches, my team and my school in helping me get qualified," Moody said. "It's really crazy."

Moody said he'll make his college decision known on national signing day Feb. 7.

Offensive lineman Ryan Winkel, 6-6, 280 pounds of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis also will make an official visit this weekend. He has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Northwestern, Virginia, Central Florida and others.

He has officially visited Northwestern and Mississippi State. He's uncertain if he'll visit anyone the last weekend before signing day.

Email Richard Davenport atrdavenport@arkansasonline.com

Sports on 01/26/2018