What Alabama football is getting in Louisiana 4-star running back commitment Le'Veon Moss

Koki Riley
The Tuscaloosa News

Istrouma football coach Jeremy Gradney knew running the ball on Edna Karr would be no easy task. The Cougars had won the last four Class 4A Louisiana state championships.

"Most teams they play, they don't run the football very well against those guys," Gradney said.

So when Istrouma faced Edna Karr in the second round of the playoffs last year, it ran the ball anyway. With four-star running back Le'Veon Moss in the backfield, Gradney knew he could do it.

In the first round against Pearl River, Moss had 18 carries for 265 yards and five touchdowns.

"(He's) the most gifted athlete I've ever seen in person," Gradney said.

Alabama 2022 commitment Le'Veon Moss is a running back from Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Istrouma lost in the second round, but Moss finished with 13 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns, despite Edna Karr having four-star defensive lineman and LSU commitment Tygee Hill up front.

"To put up those kinds of numbers in the playoffs, versus opponents that are designed to sort of take that one specific player away, it's extremely impressive," Gradney said.

Moss committed to play football at Alabama on Sunday. He is the third-highest ranked recruit in Alabama's 2022 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, only behind five-star prospects Ty Simpson and Emmanuel Henderson. Henderson, who attends Geneva County in Alabama, also plays running back.

Moss is committed to a program that has produced 39 first-round NFL Draft picks, including running backs Najee Harris (2021), Josh Jacobs (2019), Trent Richardson (2012) and Mark Ingram (2011). The Crimson Tide is the defending national champion.

At 6-feet and 205 pounds, Moss is the No. 5 recruit in Louisiana heading into his senior year at Istrouma. Moss also had offers from LSU, Georgia and Texas.

"I think it's just a tremendous honor and privilege to have our player, our running back considered to be one of those top guys," Gradney said.

Moss describes himself as an all-around back capable of beating opponents with both his size and speed. He compares himself to nobody. 

Moss rushed for over 1,200 yards while scoring 16 touchdowns during his last full-campaign in 2019.

"Explosion, speed, cutbacks, I just keep moving the ball," Moss said.

His coach agrees, also noting Alabama's history of developing well-rounded ball-carriers.

"They want an all-around back who can truly complete on that level," Gradney said. "When you talk about a kid who has that type of size and speed that he has, it's truly elite."

Moss said he met with eight members of Alabama's coaching staff, plus coach Nick Saban, on his official visit to Tuscaloosa on June 4. He also got to tour Alabama's campus while he was there.

As to what Alabama fans should expect to see from him when he arrives in 2022, his answer was simple.

"I'll give you a show to watch," Moss said.