Mosley Pulls The Trigger For Tigers

Big Dakota Mosley is Auburn's 22nd verbal commitment for the 2010 class.

Little Rock, Ark.--The Auburn Tigers added another All-American to the growing list of commitments for the 2010 class on Saturday as big Dakota Mosley from Little Rock Christian Academy chose the Tigers over Tennessee, Ole Miss, and several other schools after visiting officially for the Iron Bowl.

"I decided to commit to Auburn to get that over with," Mosley said. "I'm excited about it and ready to get down there and play. I had a great time. I have been feeling it was the right place for me. It just felt right.

"The visit kind of sealed it for me," he added. "The game yesterday was crazy. It's something I want to be a part of. I have never experienced anything like that. The loudest, craziest fans I've ever seen. That's what players want and love."

Joined on the trip by his father, Mosley said his family was all on board with his decision to choose Auburn.

"We just all feel like it's the right place," Mosley said. "It has been great. The whole recruiting process Auburn has been up there at the top."

Relationships are always important in recruiting and for Mosley that was a big reason he's going to be a Tiger. Gus Malzahn coached high school football in Arkansas before moving to the college ranks and Mosley said he's known Auburn's offensive coordinator since he began playing ball in high school. That play a big part in his decision in the end.

"It was a big influence for me," Mosley said. "It's going to be good coming somewhere for four years where I have a good relationship already. He's like a father figure. I've known him since the ninth grade."

Dakota Mosley

Malzahn is just one of the coaches that Mosley said he's gotten to know even better on his many visits to Auburn. The entire staff has made an impact on him and he noted that hit home even more when the Tigers took Alabama to the wire on Friday.

"You can see how great the coaching staff is," Mosley said. "You can see how they like to have fun, but when it comes down to business they get everybody prepared and ready to go. Like this past two weeks. They put in a lot of preparation for the big game and it showed. They should have won the game." Perhaps the biggest question that remains is where will Mosley end up playing? With the size and athleticism to play a number of spots on either side of the ball, he said his first look will come on offense.

"Right now I'm going to come in and play some tight end," Mosley said. "We'll just go from there and just get to work."

One of the big factors in Mosley's decision was his friendship with five-star running back and teammate Michael Dyer. Also a commitment to Auburn, Dyer and Mosley have developed a bond formed over years of playing football together and also making recruiting trips together. Mosley said that's something he's glad they'll have a chance to continue at Auburn.

"It really does mean a lot to me," Mosley said. "He's been great, a real good friend to me. It's great to keep that going. We can keep being friends all the way through college. We have a great bond. It's a great friendship. It's been that way since we met each other."

Mosley becomes Auburn's 22nd commitment for 2010. The entire class can be found here:

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