Impact Player and Academic All-American

Moses McCray committed to Florida State in May of 2007. After taking a few visits during his process McCray thought about changing his commitment. When it was all said and done McCray stuck with the Noles, and this weekend he will be reporting this weekend to start his collegiate career. NoleDigest spoke to Moses to get his thoughts on what he expects his freshman season.

Moses McCray's commitment proved to be huge for the Seminoles as he is the only defensive tackle from the 2008 class that will be reporting this weekend (Anthony McCloud is going JUCO and Anthony Hill is taking a greyshirt). After an early commitment the Seminoles had to battle to keep him committed as he toyed with the idea of going to a different school, but in the end he knew where he needed to go.

"I'm getting excited. I'll be heading up there Saturday morning. My mom is taking me up there, and she is excited for me that I'm going to college. During my recruitment there were a few times I thought about going to another school. After my original commitment I thought about switching to Florida and after my visit to LSU I really thought about it. LSU almost got me, but nothing could beat Florida State's atmosphere for me. I've always been a fan of them and it's my dream school. Not a lot of kids get a chance to live their dream."

Florida State's need for defensive linemen is talked about all the time. Moses is a player that the coaches had pegged to come in and play early, thus he's been working hard trying to get ready to play right away.

"I've been working out a lot getting ready. I had a good wrestling season which helped me stay in shape. I wrestled at 285, and that is where I am at now. Coach Odell Haggins has been keeping up with me checking up and telling me what I need to do to be ready. I'm looking forward to playing. I think I am coming in to play the 3-technique. I've been pushing myself really hard because I know I'm going to be seeing a lot of minutes in the fall."

Often time's freshmen come in with some pressure to show that they're the player people thought they were during the recruiting process. That, combined with the clear need for McCray to be a major contributor early, has weighed on Moses' mind. He says he is ready for the challenge.

"I'm feeling a little pressure to come in and help right away, but it's nothing that I can't handle. I want to come in and be a leader for my team. I'm excited and I want to come in this summer, learn the system and be a guy the coaches can depend on. I'm planning on dominating this summer and going into the fall ready. I have the butterflies from the excitement but I'm coming in ready to take a starting role."

Moses told NoleDigest that he feels he can be a solid player as a freshman in 2008. Besides being a guy the coaches can depend on, he has a few other goals he hopes to accomplish next year and beyond.

"I've talked a lot to Nick (Moody), E.J. Manuel and a few others about coming in and turning this thing around. We talk about it a lot, and it is something we're going to do. Another goal of mine is to be an impact player and be an Academic All-American."

Other Random Facts on Moses:

Moses is rooming with Nick Moody.

Moses hopes to wear #92.

McCray is undecided on a major.

Moses has formed a friendship with 2009 recruit Demonte McAllister.

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