January 30, 2008

Mosley becomes hot target

Memphis (Kingsury) tight end Jamal Mosley has gone from lightly recruited tight end when he committed to Ole Miss in early June last year to one of the hottest prospects headed into national signing day next week.

When Mosley committed to Ole Miss, he claimed an offer from Kentucky with a few other schools showing interest.

Now he has a long and impressive offer sheet that includes Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Miss.

It's a situation that Mosley attributes to an improved academic situation.

"I got a 20 on the ACT last November, and that's when teams really started showing up," Mosley said. "I guess you could say that I'm more than qualified."

However, it's more than scores on the classrom that have helped Mosley get noticed.

Mosley, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds with 4.7 speed, had a standout year where he had 24 receptions for over 300 yards and seven touchdowns. His selection to the Tennessee East/West All-Star game in December also helped his cause.

Teams haven't slowed down in their recruitment with Mosley's new score, and the coaching change at Ole Miss has only served to stoke the fires of rival recruiters.

Mosley said he first thought about de-committing after Ed Orgeron was fired late last November, but on advice of his high school coach, he waited out the short switch to Houston Nutt.

Then, a long waiting period ensued as Nutt allowed five assistants to stay in Fayetteville and coach Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Finally, around mid-December, Nutt called Mosley, which got him thinking about Ole Miss, but not enough for him to cancel out his visits to other schools.

Mosley tripped to North Carolina on Jan. 18 and then went to Oklahoma State last weekend.

With one more visit weekend left, where's he headed this weekend?

"I'll be visited Ole Miss or Southern Miss," Mosley said. "Oh, you can just put me down for Ole Miss this weekend."

While that didn't sound like the firmest of decision, Mosley said his final decision will come on signing day regardless of visits.

"The (Ole Miss) coaches (Nutt and James Shibest) have been to visit me," Mosley said. "Now, it's time to go down and meet the staff."

One staff member that Mosley has already talked to that he's interested in more dialogue with is new offensive coordinator Kent Austin.

"I got to thinking," Mosley said. "I don't remember the tight end at Arkansas having much success. That concerns me."

"But, they have a new offensive coordinator and we talked," he continued. "He told me some pretty good things, like how they'll spread the field but still get the ball to the tight end and that they would even use me like an H-back in passing situations. I'll be involved."

"The main thing for me is that I want to play at the next level," he said. "I'm trying to figure out which school can help me do that."

Mosley said the thoughts of a redshirt year and playing immeidately doesn't concern him, but it's the end result and that's to go to a school that can prepare him for the NFL.

Mosley said that he's looking forward to sitting down with Austin and looking at film and the offense he plans to install at Ole Miss.



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