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UGA-bound Washaun Ealey not the best prospect on ECI, says one coach

4:53 p.m. Friday, December 5, 2008

Savannah Christian coach Donald Chumley played on Georgia's 1982 SEC championship team, so he's eager to see Washaun Ealey and Dexter Moody of Emanuel County Institute suit up for the Bulldogs next season. The teammates committed to Georgia in January. But unlike most observers, Chumley believes Moody, a linebacker, has more potential on the college level than Ealey, the running back who has rushed for nearly 8,000 yards and set Georgia's record for career and single-season touchdowns. "Just because he's such an athlete,'' Chumley said of Moody. "I could see him playing a lot of different positions, especially when they put more muscle on him. He could play linebacker, tight end, defensive end. He's the best pure athlete we've seen this year. He makes an impact on both sides of the ball more than anybody I've seen.'' Savannah Christian finished second in Region 3-A to ECI and lost to ECI 21-14 in September. Chumley's praise of Moody doesn't mean he believes Ealey is overrated. "He's everything advertised,'' Chumley said. "I don't know if he's another (Knowshon) Moreno, but I think he's going to be in the mix at running back. He's strong, very hard to bring down. He has all the things you can't teach - the moves, the vision. He's a complete player.'' ECI plays Wilkinson County tonight in the Class A semifinals. ECI has another Division 1-A recruit on the team in lineman J.C. Lanier, who has pledge to Georgia Tech. But Chumley says keep an eye on the linebacker. "Moody might not get as much press, but I'm here to tell you he's the real deal,'' Chumley said.

 

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