Coach Spotlight: Destin Mosley

Jefferson (Texas) High School head coach Scott Hale said Destin Mosley has "done it all" during his playing career. Hale utilized Mosley's talent in a multitude of ways as a 4-year player for the Bulldogs lining him up at running back, wide receiver, linebacker, defensive back (both corner and safety), as well as kickoff and punt returner.

"His first carry as a freshman came against Big Sandy," said Scott Hale, "where he took a jet sweep 38 yards for a touchdown."

Destin Mosley is 5-9, with his weight fluctuating between 185 to 190. As a senior, he primarily played running back in Hale's spread attack.

"Destin makes big plays happen," Hale said. "He has great hands, and we tried to get him the ball coming out of the backfield. K-State told me they were looking at him as a running back/receiver in the same way they used Darren Sproles. Some people don't like to recruit smaller backs, but K-State does and has had a lot of success with them.

"You want speed on both offense and defense, and I think Destin can play on either side. But I think they'll want to use him on offense with his big playmaking ability. In the forty he runs in a high 4.3 or a low 4.4."

Mosley was named All-East Texas and All-District in his junior and senior seasons. He committed to Coach Bill Snyder and the Wildcats last July prior to his senior year.

"I think that's always where he wanted to go," Hale said of Mosley's commitment. "He loved the visit and Coach Snyder. Phil Bennett, who was defensive coordinator at K-State, his brother coached at Jefferson. So Kansas State is known around here and has a presence here. But ultimately, I think that's where Destin wanted to be and play in the Big 12. It's a good match."

Mosley is currently running track and is all set to graduate with his class in early June before heading off to the Manhattan campus.

"Destin's a great person," Hale said. "He lives with his mom, hasn't been in any kind of trouble. He's always been a good student except in math. We've been working with him on that, but he's qualified. As a senior he was a team captain and was on our leadership council."

After a big junior year in which he rushed for more than 1,300 yards, Mosley was slowed to 900 as a senior missing two games due to a sprained MCL and ankle. The Bulldogs finished 6-6 making it to the 2nd-round of the state playoffs.

In 2010, Hale returns six starters on offense and seven on defense. Last year's team featured Mosley, Trevor Murphy, a defensive tackle who signed with Colorado State, and Clarence Lee, a defensive end who signed with Baylor.

Division 1 hopefuls for the Jefferson Bulldogs this year include cornerback Damon Gray, interior lineman James McTyre, and offensive lineman Willie McCoy.

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