Why? Because he is that good – it is that simple.
Moses is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound freak. He was timed at 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash as the Sparq Combine, and he showed off his explosion with a 37-inch vertical.
He has already committed to LSU after receiving offers from the who's who of college football starting while he was still in middle school.
Scout's Director of Scouting, Scott Kennedy, has seen Moses live and in the film room, he couldn't be more impressed.
"Watching his freshmen film, I thought he looked like an incredibly instinctive player at linebacker and running back, but he looked a bit undersized. When I got to the Nike Camp in Dallas a few weeks back, someone pointed out a player and said ‘Dylan Moses is here,' and I thought again: ‘He's a great player, but he looks a bit small,' said Kennedy.
"When I'm at a Nike Camp, I don't check the names until after the camp. I watch players by number. When I got done watching the linebacker drills, I happened to know who Malik Jefferson is without checking a roster (Scout's No. 1 linebacker for 2015), but when I looked up the player who was actually the best in what they were being asked to do in the open field pursuit drill, it was Moses. The player pointed out to me in the beginning of the day was a different player. Moses isn't undersized at all. He was terrific in pursuit, and incredibly fluid. Jefferson is a wrecking ball coming off the edge, but Moses is ahead of him in his ability to change directions and drop into coverage – and we are talking about the No. 2 prospect in the nation in Jefferson for 2015.
"He's got the size. He's got the instincts on both sides of the ball," Kennedy continued. "He's got everything we're looking for in a player. That's five-stars in my book."
Considering the acceleration of the pace at which rankings are assigned to prospects over the last few years there is no reason to hold back on Moses' ranking. Kennedy has been in the business over a decade, and he knows a special talent when he sees it.
Scout is ready to pull the trigger on naming this freshman a five-star prospect because of Moses' talent and because, frankly, we have entered a new era in recruiting analysis.
"Part of it is timing," Kennedy said. "He's not the first freshman we've seen who could have been named a five-star that early, but we're in an era now where rankings come out earlier and earlier. When I've seen him, I said: "Why wait on ranking this kid a five-star? It's inevitable."
Moses is very mature for his age, and he has worked hard to get where he is. Now considered a five-star prospect on Scout, Moses has a jump on the competition to be named the best in 2017.
"Obviously he'll be an early leader for the top prospect in the country, even if the running back and linebacker position aren't valued quite as highly by coaches as premium positions like quarterback, tackle, and defensive line," said Kennedy. "We bucked the trend last year with a running back at No. 1 in Leonard Fournette. The key for Moses will be to stay focused, stay humble and most importantly stay healthy. The sky is the limit for this kid."
Just get Better
Chad Mahaffey is the head coach at University of Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he is blessed with some talent to coach. He says he is excited to see how Moses grows.
"My expectation for Dylan is the same as it is for all the players here. We want him, and all the guys to show improvement," Mahaffey said. "I want Dylan to be better as a sophomore than he was as a freshman, then better as a junior than he was as a sophomore.
Improving on his play may be hard to do, especially when talking defensive production. Moses averaged around 14 tackles a game, but his coach says that he still has room to get better.
"Dylan is such a physical player that he just blows up blockers to get to the ball," Mahaffey said. "He continues through the blockers, and he really has a nose for the ball. So he just finds it and goes to make a play."
"As he gets older though, he will start to read his keys better and just improve with experience. He is already so athletic, and he always around the ball, so as he gets older and gets more experience, he is really going to excel."
Excel just how far is the question?
Moses currently shares time at running back with 2015 LSU commit Nicholas Brossette – a Scout 100 prospect.
Coach Mahaffey does not want to make his prediction on Moses' future position.
"I know Dylan likes both, and it is hard to predict how his body will mature from now. I don't think he will get much taller, but you never really know. I think it is a wait-and-see situation to see what he looks like years from now when he gets ready for college.
"He is talented enough to play either (running back or linebacker) based on how he plays right now. He runs so hard at running back that he kind of wears himself out. He will get better with that though. He just plays hard, and we still plan to use him both ways this year. Dylan is impact player any time he is in the game on either side of the ball.
"He just has so much talent – I could see playing offense or defense in college."
It Started at Home
Edward Moses, Dylan's father started working and training his son before the age of ten. Mr. Moses saw it early and knew his son was talented. He watched as a coach when Dylan started playing football as s seven-year old and that is when he saw the type of player his son was.
"His first year his team made it to the league championship, but lost," said the elder Moses. "Dylan was more of a role player that year. I was coaching the offensive and defensive lines and letting the other coaches coach him, so I just watched. We lost the game, and Dylan did not like it.
"So we started training for that next season after that. We would workout at home, and I really pushed him when he was eight years old. The next season, Dylan led us to the state title game again – this time we won. He scored five touchdowns, and I knew it then – he was going to be special.
"He wasn't going to accept being good. To Dylan good is average. That is how we see it in our camp. I saw that he was going to work hard to be great. He just doesn't accept being good at something. He does what it takes to be the best."
Outside of his school workouts, Dylan trains with his father on a regular basis. The freshman goes extra on and off the field with his dad.
"I let the coaches work with him at school, then I work with him at home. It has always been that way since he was young. We will talk about his play at linebacker, then work on some drills to improve his technique and his reads. We are always working on the little things.
. The dad doesn't break too many smiles, either. Mr. Moses works his son and wants to do whatever he can to help him reach his goals. But he has to battle with himself every now and then.
"I really have a tough time sometimes not showing any emotion," said Mr. Moses. "I battle with that on a daily basis. I do not want Dylan to think I am satisfied because he then may feel satisfied himself. He knows I am proud of what he has done to this point, but he is not done yet. He has still has a lot to accomplish.
"As long as he continues to develop like he should I will be proud. His big goal is to play in the NFL, so he has not reached that yet. Let's smile together when Dylan turns 43, and he had a successful NFL career. Because then he will have done all it took to reach his ultimate goal. That is what he is working for."
Mature Beyond his Age
When Dylan Moses found out he was going to be named the first five-star football prospect as a freshman, he handled it like he it is something he expected.
Not in a cocky way, but just in a humble fashion knowing he has worked for this.
He's had no problem handling early success.
"It came from home," said Moses, "My parents have always been on me about that. I have always been taught what to say, what not to say and I have worked on acting more mature than my age. It is tough at times, but my parents have helped me a lot and me being quiet helps, too. I just stay to myself, think about things, and try to always do the right thing and to say the right thing."
The new five-star is doing very well so far. He will have more success and that will not change his attitude or his drive. That success comes from within.
"I am definitely a self-motivated person. My dad used to do it to help me, but now it is on me. I push myself. I have always been a competitor, and I know the dreams I am chasing. I have notes on my wall constantly reminding me to push to be the best and never to settle. I see notes when I do sit-ups, when I just walk into my room, and all over. Those things help me stay focused and stay driven."
The goals he sets he seems to achieve. He wanted to be the Player of the Year in his class last fall, and he was by multiple publications. He wanted to break the tackle record at his high school, and he did with 176 tackles. He wanted to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and he has to this point. He wanted to help his team play for a state title, and he did that as well.
There is a common theme here – Moses accomplishes his goals.
His long-term goal is to play on Sundays with the best in the game of football. The NFL is where he wants to be after high school and college. The LSU commit has that goal in mind, and he doesn't plan to slow down until he achieves it.
"That (NFL) is where I want to be one day," the five-star prospect said. "I have always wanted to be the best and the best play in the NFL. I want to become a better football player this season. I want to be a better leader for the team, and I want to work harder than anyone else to help me achieve my biggest goal.
"That is what I have been working so hard for since I was eight years old."