C.J. Mosley Talks Tigers and Tide

Theodore High linebacker C.J. Mosley discusses the Tigers, Tide and his all-star game experience.

Mobile, Ala.--One of the top uncommitted players in Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game narrowed his choices to Auburn and Alabama months ago.

With the Feb. 3rd national signing day approaching, linebacker C.J. Mosley is not giving any clues on where he is going to play his college football beyond saying it will be in the state of Alabama.

Mosley, who was in on three tackles in Saturday's game, helped the Alabama All-Stars take a 21-13 victory over the Mississippi All-Stars at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Prior to playing in the game, he got visits from a pair of coaches at both Auburn and Alabama. "Coach (Nick) Saban and Coach (James) Willis from Alabama visited me this week and then Coach (Curtis) Luper and Coach (Ted) Roof from Auburn visited me," Mosley says.

Saban is head coach of the Tide and Willis coaches linebackers and recruits the Mobile area.

"The Alabama coaches talked to me about my ideal position over there at Alabama and the way they wanted me to work out," Mosley says. "They want me to become a better person and a better man over there."

Luper, who coaches running backs for the Tigers, is AU's recruiting coordinator and he also recruits the Mobile area. Roof is defensive coordinator and linebacker coach for the Tigers.

"My main visit with Coach Roof was to get to know him better because Coach Luper is my recruiter and Coach Roof is my position coach," Mosley says. "It was an opportunity to ask him a lot of questions and get to know him better.

"The Auburn coaches told me how they will watch after me every day and how they will push me to keep working hard," Mosley adds.

The linebacker from Theodore High School has already taken an official visit to Auburn and says he enjoyed that trip. He notes that he plans to take an official visit to Alabama in mid-January.

If Mosley has a favorite or is leaning one way or the other, he isn't saying. "I don't have a favorite now," he notes.

The linebacker says the all-star week experience was a good one. "It was fun. I came in and worked hard all week. I enjoyed playing with and against some of the best players in Alabama and I will be playing with some of them and against some of them next year."

"I thought we did an excellent job of coming together on defense," he says. "I thought the entire defensive line did a great job going back to the second day after we started practice. The offense started off kind of slow, but they put it together. They made improvement every single day in practice and helped us win the game."

The Mississippi All-Stars only managed 44 yards of total offense in the game with Auburn commitments LaDarius Owens and Craig Sanders causing problems up front at the end positions and Kenneth Carter lining up at tackle. Another Auburn commitment, Jawara White, started at linebacker.

C.J. Mosley is shown at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday.

"We had like the best players at every position in the state so I expected us to play great," Mosley says of the Alabama All-Stars' defensive unit. "We expected a shutout, but it is an all-star game so that is hard to do. We had a shutout going until the fourth quarter."

Mosley, who is playing basketball for Theodore High, says he hasn't decided on when he is going to make his college pick and which one it is going to be.

"I think ultimately it will come down to a gut feeling," he says. "They have some similar things, but in other areas they are opposites. It is going to come down to a gut feeling on where I feel most comfortable."


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