December 20, 2007

Call from Nutt impacts Mosley

With offers rolling in from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky, Memphis Kingsbury tight end Jamal Mosley has become one of the hotter tight in prospects in the southeast.

Mosley, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds with 4.7 speed, committed to Ole Miss last June and was lightly recruited then, but a standout year where he had 24 receptions for over 300 yards and seven touchdowns, has attracted attention. His selection to the Tennessee East/West All-Star game this past weekend at Carson Newman College and the recent score of a 20 on his ACT has also helped his cause.

Immediately after Ed Orgeron was dismissed late last month, Mosley said he thought about de-committing, but followed the advice of his coach to have patience. Then there was a long lull where he wasn't contacted by new head coach Houston Nutt which created doubt.

During that period, Mosley went about setting up some official visits to other schools as recruiting interest spiked.

He's planned visits to Kentucky on Jan. 11, Tennessee on Jan. 19, to North Carolina on Jan. 26, and to Oklahoma State on Feb. 2. All those schools have issued written offers.

And, while that might be a bad sign for Ole Miss, one call from Nutt may have the Rebels having the upper hand on signing day despite all the visits.

"I talked with Coach Nutt earlier this week and things have changed," Mosley said Wednesday night. "He told me that they don't have a true tight end on campus and that I have a huge chance of coming in and seeing early playing time."

"We had a great conversation, and it's got me to thinking about just sticking with Ole Miss."

Despite the conversation with Nutt, Mosley said he still plans to take his scheduled visits. With four visit weekends accounted for up until signing day, there's no room for Ole Miss.

"I'll try to schedule something during the week with Ole Miss," Mosley said. "If not, I'll cancel one of the other visits."

Mosley said that while he enjoyed the conversation with Nutt, calling him "nice", he still feels it's important to have a face-to-face meeting with him.

"He's cool," Mosley said of Nutt, "but I'll know more when we meet."

One thing influencing Mosley to stick with Ole Miss is fellow Rebel commitment Gavin Hardin from Jackson, Tenn.

"Gavin and I struck up a good friendship at the All-Star game," Mosley said. "We talked about how we both might just stick with Ole Miss."

Mosley had two catches for 12 yards in the All-Star game while Hardin had 2.5 tackles and an interception.

Mosley said he was aware that the Rebels signed a junior college tight end on Wednesday, but that addition will not impact his decision when it comes to selecting a school.

In addition to the offers where Mosley plans to visit, he also has offers from Michigan State and Auburn.

He said he received a written offer from Auburn last spring but they aren't actively recruiting him. He said Michigan State was still recruiting him, but he has eliminated them because of the distance factor.

Mosley attended summer camp at Ole Miss last year.

He has the 20 on his ACT, but acknowledged last summer that he needed to improve his classroom work. He is unsure of his GPA but said he had some catch-up work to do from a poor freshman year.



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