4-Star LB Recruit Sees Opportunity at Auburn

Theodore High star C.J. Mosley discusses his official recruiting visit to Auburn.

Theodore, Ala.--Linebacker prospect C.J. Mosley has had plenty of recruiting attention, but for a long time he has been focused on the two in-state SEC programs.

On Friday at Jordan-Hare Stadium he watched those teams square off at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Alabama escaped with a 26-21 victory over Auburn in a game closer than many expected, including Mosley, considering the Tigers were down to just three healthy scholarship linebackers for the game.

"That is something that Coach (Ted) Roof and I talked about after the game," said Mosley, who discussed in-depth Auburn's need for linebackers with the team's defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.

One of those thee linebackers is true freshman Jonathan Evans, who was Mosley's player host on his official visit. Evans won praise from Roof and Auburn head coach Gene Chizik for how well he performed in his first college start. Evans made eight solo tackles in the contest vs. the Tide.

"I wasn't really surprised that Jonathan played well because I knew what he could do because we played against his team his junior year when he was a senior at Blount," Mosley said. "He looks like the same player he was then only he is bigger now."

Mosley noted that he had a good time on his official visit hanging out with Evans and spending time with the Auburn staff. "Sitting down with the coaches after the game and really getting to talk to them is something that really stood out," he said. "Coach Roof talked to me about their linebacker situation before the game and after the game. It was real tough (Auburn's lack of linebacker depth) and I thought they played really well in the game."

With the Tide coming into the game undefeated and Auburn short-handed at linebacker, Mosley admitted he was surprised that the Tigers outplayed the Tide most of the game. "I actually thought it wasn't going to be a good game," he said. "I knew Auburn was going to hang in it until halftime. I was very impressed with the linebacker corps and everything. I got a chance to talk to the coaches after the game and talked to them about what kind of things they could do better and how they needed to improve their depth."

Mosley said he came to his first official visit "50-50" between the Tigers and Tide and noted that is still the case. He declined to say that one is his favorite, but noted a chance for playing time is one of the major factors that weighs in Auburn's favor. Commenting on the linebacker situation at Auburn and Alabama, he said, "Alabama has more depth than Auburn. I was talking to Coach Roof and he said that he only has four scholarship linebackers right now."

The Theodore High star pointed out that one of the highlights of his visit to Auburn with his family was talking in-depth with Roof about Auburn and his defensive philosophy. "It was like my first time to really get to sit down and talk to him," Mosley said. "On unofficial visits we had like maybe 10 minutes to talk. We had almost a good hour just to talk with me and my family. He said he plans to try to get down to Mobile to talk with me more to try to build our relationship."

All things considered, Mosley said his visit to Auburn was a really good one and he enjoyed meeting a variety of players. In addition to spending time with Evans, he hung out with another freshman defensive player. "I spent time with Nosa (Eguaye)--I can't remember how to say his last name. He is a good guy."

After the game on Friday night, Mosley noted that he visited with Evans in the new on-campus village where many of the athletes live. "We went back to the dorms, just had fun playing games and talked about recruiting and how his time was going and the coaching staff and everything."

Mosley said that he is going to take an official visit to Alabama before sitting down with his parents to make a college choice. An A student in high school who wants to major in business, the linebacker said he was impressed with what Auburn has to offer in that area and he toured the School of Business as part of his official visit.

"I still have got to take my time and go to Alabama for an official, too, just to see everything through and then I will decide from there," Mosley said. "We will have a like a family meeting and sit down and discuss the decision," Mosley said.

The linebacker plans to announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio on January 9th. He will also play in another All-Star Game in December much closer to home.

"I have been invited to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, too, and that is really exciting," he said. "Not too many people get the opportunity to play in two all-star games. I feel really blessed by the opportunity."

Mosley noted that he has been going to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile since he was a "little kid" and always looked up to those players. "When I was real young I?thought those guys were college players," he said. "Maybe the little kids at this year's game will think the same thing of me."

Mosley said he feels good about his senior season at Theodore. "As far as the regular season it went really well. We went 9-1, but we had a lot of people injured when we went into the playoffs and we lost in the first round. We had a good run though. It was the second best record in school history."

A Scout.com four-star linebacker prospect, he said that he entered the playoffs with 148 tackles so he came close to matching his hard-to-beat junior total of 176 stops. "I am not exactly sure how many I finished with,"?he said.

Making the trip to Auburn with his mother, father, brother and cousins, he noted that everybody enjoyed the experience."They thought it was great, too. They had a good time, too."

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