Moody Goes In-Depth on Pitt Decision

Justin Moody

A week after calling Pittsburgh his leader, George Washington High (Philadelphia) defensive lineman Justin Moody committed to the Panthers on Tuesday. After doing so, he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT to talk about his decision.

George Washington High (Philadelphia) defensive lineman Justin Moody knew last week he wanted to go to Pittsburgh, but he needed to return from the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to talk things over with his family.

After doing that, the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Moody called the Pittsburgh staff Tuesday to commit and end his recruitment.

"It was really just thinking it over and realizing it was the place for me," Moody said. "That's really what it was on why I made the decision. I got a lot of stress off me. I don't have to be worrying about where I'm going to be going."

Moody said his comfort level with the coaches was the determining factor.

"It's something about the coaches, (assistant) coach (Jim) Hueber and coach (Paul) Chryst and (defensive line) coach (Inoke) Breckterfield," he said. "All the coaches made me want to be there. I feel like it was the right fit for me. I called them and told them I wanted to come there. They told me, ‘Welcome to the family.' "

Moody played defensive end and defensive tackle during the Semper Fi practices, and he doesn't care where he plays with the Panthers.

"It's up to whatever position they want me at," he said. "They said it could be defensive end, but I don't care. It doesn't really bother me."

The week of experience practicing with some of the top players in the nation at the Semper Fi bowl also provided Moody with perspective as he readies for college.

"It taught me a lot," he said. "It taught me how hard it is to (compete) at that level and to cherish every moment and to stay strong and not give up."

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