"They don't get any better."

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees.

C.J. Mosley
Scout.com Rating: Four-Star
Scout.com Rank: No. 15 Outside Linebacker
Size: 6-foot-3, 220-pounds
Hometown: Theodore High School
Theodore, Ala.
Projected Position: Middle Linebacker

Stats: Mosley had more than 400 tackles in four years for coach Bill Meredith. As a junior he made 176 tackles (115 solo), six sacks, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions on his way to 1st team All-State honors and Press Register Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his senior season with 149 tackles.

Commit Date: 1/9/10
Recruiting Competiton: Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Stanford, Tennessee

Why Alabama: "I like my chances of starting or at least getting good playing time once I get there. I really like the way Alabama will help me develop from a young man to a man. I felt very comfortable with Alabama. I like where the program is right now, and I feel like I can compete for a starting position once I get there. I love the tradition, facilities and everything Alabama has to offer."

Strengths/Improvement: "I move good sideline-to-sideline. I can block too, and I play fast. I have good footwork. I want to get stronger and have more power. I'm also working on my endurance to make sure I'm in better shape."

Coach Quotes (Head Coach Bill Meredith): "First of all C.J.'s a tremendous person who comes from a strong, supportive family. People ask me what it is that makes him a special football player, and I tell them it's his character that makes him great. It's truly what sets him apart from the rest.

"In the 9th grade C.J. could have been a starter for us. He became a starter for us in the 10th grade and opened a lot of people eyes in the Prattville game where he made 21 tackles.

Mosley recently amassed more than 1,000 points in his career in basketball as a Theodore Bobcat. In track, he's competed in the triple jump, long jump, high jump, and the 100 meter dash. It's that kind of all-around athleticism that propelled Mosley's game on the football field.

"He makes plays sideline-to-sideline," said Meredith. "He's fast, strong, has nice long arms and great feet. I think at Alabama he'll play on the inside at linebacker because of his hips and how smart he is. He'll be the man calling the plays like (Rolando) McClain did for them this year. He's just a great football player. They don't get any better.

"When I talk about his character meaning so much to his game I mean you can always count on him. He'll always make good decisions and be on time ready to get better. I've had some players go to the SEC who can run fast and jump well, but they were hard to coach.

"With Mosley every time he sees something he'll get better, and he'll only need to see it once. That's why I expect him to be on the field early at Alabama. He's quick to learn."

"C.J. replied to every piece of mail he received from different schools who were looking at him. We talked about it, and he said he wouldn't commit until he knew for sure. It was a decision he made with his family.

"C.J. was our team leader. He went down early in the (playoff) game with an ankle injury. If we didn't lose him I think we'd have made it to the 3rd or 4th round of the playoffs. That's how much he meant to this team."

Andrew Bone says: "Mosley is a very smart player and has the frame to add more weight. He was recruited to play middle linebacker in Tuscaloosa. He can cover the pass and is very good at coming up against the run. His biggest asset is coverage from sideline-to-sideline."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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