If you need a stop, on third and one, 2022 three-star defensive tackle Ahmad Moten is your guy. If you need a stop on third and seven, it might be a little bit harder, but Moten is your guy.
Whichever team that lands Moten’s college signature will be getting a “dawg” that can be relied upon to do whatever the team needs, in any situation.
And one of those teams may be West Virginia. The Mountaineers offered Moten in October, adding to an offer sheet filled with the likes of Arkansas State, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Memphis, South Dakota, USF and Western Carolina.
— Ahmad Moten (@ahmad_moten) October 13, 2021
Moten first head from WVU in early October, starting with WVU tight ends/inside receivers coach Travis Trickett following him on Instagram. The relationship has slowly progressed, and other WVU coaches have jumped in too.
“It’s going good,” Moten told WV Sports Now. “We talk almost every day, and when we speak to each other it’s nothing but love. He sent me some videos and pictures of the school and all that.”
While Moten is still learning about WVU, he’s learned a lot in a short time period from Trickett and WVU defensive line coach Andrew Jackson. And when Trickett offered Moten, he was in shock. “I felt blessed,” Moten said.”I felt thankful, shocked. But I love it.”
Moten would like to see WVU for himself, but he’d like to attend a game at some point this season — a night game — before making an official visit sometime in December.
The recruiting process has picked up exponentially for Moten over the last month, picking up 10 offers alone since Oct. 1, and he’s received increased interest from coaching staffs across the country — including Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.
“[The recruiting process is] going good,” Moten said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of coaches lately, everything is just going how it’s supposed to go now. Everything is falling into place and all.”
While Moten still isn’t quite sure just when he’ll officially announce his commitment yet, possibly waiting until National Signing Day in December, but he’s open to all the schools recruiting him.
“I’m open to any school that’s open to me,” Moten said. “I just want to go to a school that I feel like a family.”
Until then, his current family — Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida — is locked into the quest for a second straight state title.
As a junior, Moten racked up 17 tackles and three tackles for loss as a rotational starter on Cardinal Gibbons’ 4-A state title-winning squad. The Chiefs are 7-2 so far this season, and Moten has been a pivotal force in the heart of the defense. Moten has tallied 26 tackles (nine solo), four tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble this season.
247Sports rates Moten as the 159th-ranked defensive lineman and 156th-ranked recruit from Florida. Neither 247Sports nor Rivals has projected a landing spot for Moten yet.