Find the ball in a Rockwall-Heath High School football game on Friday night and you'll also likely find University of Arkansas linebacker commit Austin Moss.
Moss (6-4, 210, 4.64) is coming off an 18-tackle effort – including 16 solo stops as Razorback linebacker coach Reggie Johnson looked on - last Friday night in a 42-28 District 10-4A opening win over Greeneville that boosted his team's mark to 4-0.
He's also had a 17-stop game and is averaging just under 15 tackles per game so far this season.
"I'm playing pretty decent," a modest Moss said Wednesday afternoon. "I would like to have a few more tackles for loss than I do. I have 58 tackles through our first four games, but the big thing is our team is winning, coming closer as a team and really working hard every day to improve."
Rockwall-Heath battles arch-rival Rockwall this Friday night.
"This first four games have been a good test for us and have put us in a lot of situations that will help us later this year," Moss said. "This week with Rockwall is a rivalry game and should be our biggest test so far."
Moss, who had 142 tackles as a junior and is Scout.com's 17th-ranked middle linebacker nationally, has seen a couple of Razorback games on television this season – the last two week's blowout losses to Alabama and Texas.
"It's been tough on them this year with the change in coaches and systems and playing so many freshmen against more experienced teams," Moss said. "But I am not down on them at all. I know that we are getting some great players in this recruiting class and we are really going to be improving in the next few years. I am excited to be a part of the future up there. I am a very solid commit."
Moss, whose dad Mickey is his high school coach and who chose Arkansas over Texas A&M, Tennessee and others, said he naturally pays attention to the linebackers when watching a game.
"I usually try to watch the linebackers and see how they are getting to the ball, the techniques they are using and thinking what would I do there if I was in that situation. I think how I would match myself up against those offenses and what I could do to make some plays."
Moss who has a lot of family in Arkansas, is hoping to get to a couple of Razorback games this season.
"I am definitely going to try to be there for the LSU game and would like to get the Florida game (this weekend) or another one in Fayetteville," Moss said. "I am anxious to get up there and see them play and I know they are going to keep playing hard and get better as the season goes along."
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