The majority of college scouts like to project at what position a prospect fits at their level. Darius Mosely offers enough talent on both sides of the ball that the coaches are asking him where he should play.
"I would like to play on the defensive side of the ball," the Class of 2013 athlete said. "Most of the schools have asked me which side I want to play. They told me it was my choice on which side they would recruit me."
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Mosely hails from a successful prep program in O'Fallon (IL) High where he plays wide receiver and defensive back. He reports scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Northern Illinois and Northwestern. He said he's also hearing from Missouri, Cincinnati, Stanford. Wisconsin and Iowa State.
Mosley has unofficially visited Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.
"I'm going to try to get to Central Michigan and Iowa soon and then get to some spring practices," Mosely said. "Right now, the recruiting process is going good for me. My coach was able to send my film to a lot of colleges and a lot of colleges have gotten back with me and told me that they liked the film and that they would like to keep in touch."
Mosely is researching schools and building relationships with coaches.
"I have talked to (Iowa Assistant) Coach (Eric) Johnson," he said. "He's a very good person. I talk to him every now and then. Overall, I just need to get down there soon and check things out."
Mosely said that academics stand at the top of his wish list when looking at the schools. He is leaning towards studying business or engineering in college.
"The second thing would be the football program if they're winning and to see if I have a chance to start as in incoming freshman or a year later," Mosely said. "The third thing would be the environment and how I feel about the city and the people around me."
Mosely said he's receiving similar compliments from coaches in regards to his best attributes on the field.
"On the offensive side, it would probably be the breakaway speed from the defenders and being able to adjust to the ball when it's in the air," he said. "On the defensive side, it would probably be the same things. It would be the speed and knowing where the ball is at and recognizing whether it's a run or a pass."
Mosely said that he wouldn't mind ending his recruiting process relatively early, but he's not going to rush it.
"Right now, I'm looking to make a decision right before the season," he said. "But I also might take all five officials and wait until after the season. It could take until February. I'm just not sure yet."