Shrine Bowl: Donte Moss Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Donte Moss will play in his first of two all-star games Saturday when he represents North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

"Really, I just want to look at this as the end of my [high school] career," Moss said. "Right now, I don't really look at all the things that I'm doing, because I just want to focus on football."

After the holidays, Moss will fly to San Antonio, where the 6-foot-4, 231-pounder will prepare to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3.

In the Shrine Bowl, Moss will man the weak-side stand-up defensive end position in North Carolina's ‘50' defense. Traditionally, that position has yielded some memorable performances in pervious Shrine Bowls.

"My responsibilities [are to] cover the reverse, the trap, [and] make sure that quarterback doesn't have enough time to set back in the pocket and pick our DBs apart," Moss said.

"I expect to bring the pain to the fullest. I refuse to lose. I refuse to let someone beat me."

Moss' experiences throughout his prep career have prepared him for the new position. At Trenton (N.C.) Jones, Moss played outside linebacker. But when he transferred to Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside prior to his junior season, Moss was moved to defensive end.

"With them moving here to outside linebacker, it really wasn't a totally new thing," Moss said. "It's just a matter of getting me seasoned in the position."

On North Carolina's starting unit, Moss will be playing with several fellow UNC commitments, including stand-up defensive end Hawatha Bell, cornerbacks Terry Shankle and Josh Hunter, and defensive tackle Jared McAdoo.

"It feels good to play with my future teammates," Moss said. "But we're really not focused on that. We're focused on Saturday."

North Carolina's roster includes three other UNC pledges – Jhay Boyd, David Collins, and Hunter Furr – as well as a major UNC target in Travis Bond. While some try to talk up their schools to Bond, Moss has a different approach.

"I really like to speak with my pads," Moss said. "When [Bond] sees the boys that are committed to North Carolina doing their thing, he should be like ‘Oh man, there's no telling what they can do when they get together in college.'"

Moss said he has scheduled his official visit to UNC for January 16.

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