Devils pursuing Fresno linebacker

Shaquille Moseley may have not had all that much exposure to the Sun Devils thus far. Yet, the linebacker fully realizes that the Arizona State defense was best in the Pac-10 last year. Therefore, he cherishes the fact that earlier in the spring the maroon and gold have extended him an offer.

"Arizona State was my first offer so they are obviously my favorite," said the 6-2 220 Shaquille Moseley. "Their defense was number one in the Pac-10 last year, so obviously they are doing some good things there. They look like a defense that could play in the SEC. They bring the pain and they play fast. I like that style."

The outside linebacker is being recruited by ASU's tight ends coach Jamie Christian.

Moseley hasn't visited the Sun Devils yet, and if he cannot attend ASU's team camp next month he does plan to officially visit Tempe in the fall.

"I haven't had a chance to get to know Arizona State that much," acknowledged Moseley. "That's why I really want to go and check out the campus, and see what I can major in if I do go there. I'm looking forward to going out there and checking everything out, getting to know the players and the coaches better."

The linebacker indicated that he hasn't visited any schools yet, but did attend both NIKE camps in Stanford and Los Angeles.

Moseley was coached at Fresno's Edison High School by former NFL All-Pro Tim McDonald, and was integral in the Tigers' 10-4 season which culminated with a conference championship. The linebacker reported junior season stats of 120 tackles and 12 sacks, as well as weight room marks of 315 lbs. on the bench and 400 lbs. squatting.

"There isn't one thing I need to work on" Moseley said of his skills. "I just want to improve my overall game. The Arizona State coaches told me that they like how fast I am for weighing 220 lbs. I run a 4.6 and that's good speed for someone my size. They like my footwork and that I play with a lot of intensity. I'm a very physical player."

Moseley noted that Oregon, UNLV, Miami, and USC have been pursuing him heavily in recent weeks and that he expects the Ducks to be the next school who offers him a scholarship. Whichever schools he commits to the Edison standout will be looking for the right combination.

"Academics are first for me," Moseley explained. "When I'm in college I'm going to be a student-athlete so obviously student comes first and that's why getting your degree is very important. So I'm looking for a school that can offer both good academics and a good football program.

"I want to get on the field early but also excel in the classroom. Whatever school I feel that can bring that, that's where I'm headed to."

Moseley commented that he is not seeking out more offers to go along with the Sun Devils' one and believes that when the time is right his offer list will expand.

"Arizona State is the only one that offered, so they are obviously my number one and right now that's probably where I'm headed," Moseley said. "But I'm not thinking too much about recruiting right now. I'm focusing on academics and bringing my GPA up a little bit. I'm not worried about that, I know I can bring it up."

The linebacker added that expects to commit before the season starts, but that will largely depends on any visits he may take over the summer, as well as any offers that may come his way in the months to come.


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