Speedy O'Fallon DB Putting Academics First

There are some quality football players downstate for the 2013 recruiting season. Among them is O'Fallon defensive back Darius Mosely, who has an Illini offer and attended a recent Junior Day. He found much to his liking on the Illinois campus.

O'Fallon junior defensive back/wide receiver Darius Mosely enjoyed his recent visit to the Illinois campus for Junior Day.

"I had a good time. I was able to meet all the coaches and their families, and some of the players. I toured the campus. Overall, I had a good time.

"That was my first visit to the campus. It's a nice school. From what I heard about the Business program and the Engineering program, I really liked that also. Academics always come first."

He is especially excited to receive a scholarship offer from the Illini.

"It was very great when I received the Illinois offer."

Chris Beatty recruits his area for the Illini. Mosely is impressed both with him and fellow Illini assistant Steve Clinkscale.

"I've been talking to him over the phone, and then I met him at the Junior Day. We talked a lot there also. He's a great person and coach. He's trying to keep me on the offensive side.

"I play both ways. I play safety at O'Fallon, but in college they'll probably move me to cornerback. I want to play on the defensive side in college.

"I've been talking to Coach Clinkscale also. He's the cornerback coach. He's a good coach too, and a great person. I talked to him a lot of the Junior Day also."

The 5'-11", 185 pounder feels his abilities on defense translate well for the college game.

"My assets are my speed and my ability to adjust to the ball in the air. I have great vision for passes, and I can recognize whether it's a run or pass and come downhill if it's a run."

What is he looking for in a school?

"First off is the academic program. And second is the football program. I'd like to be part of a winning team. Third would be the environment and the people around me."

Mosely is a three sport athlete.

"I also play basketball and track. I run the relays in track, the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. In addition, I run the 330 hurdles and the 110 hurdles.

"We didn't do so good in basketball this year. I'm a defensive guard. I contribute on offense every now and then, but my specialty is defense."

O'Fallon enjoyed an excellent season in 2011. Mosely is hopeful his team can repeat that effort this fall.

"We went to the quarterfinals. We were two games away from state. We were the third team in our school's history to make it to the quarterfinals. We're going to change that this year.

"We don't actually have a lot of kids returning; we lost a lot of guys. But some other guys are gonna step up. We have Todd Porter throwing the ball. I just tell him to put it out there, and I'll go get it."

Mosely is putting off his college decision, at least until summer.

"I haven't really been able to sit down and figure out where I would like to go. My sports and academics are more important right now. Once that is over, I'll be able to sit down and think where I might want to go."

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