Kentucky may have capped off an impressive haul of linebackers for the 2009 class with Ryan Mosby. Along with Ridge Wilson, Jarvis Walker and Demetri Merritt, Mosby is a long fast linebacker capable of making plays at the line and in open space. "My strength is tackling," said Mosby. "I am a sure tackler. I am good at reading plays and knowing my assignment," said Mosby.
The 6-foot-1 211-pounder had an outstanding season for Rockwall-Heath high school. He managed 115 tackles, six sacks, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Still, Mosby has an idea of what will help him take his game to the next level -- the weight room.
"I want to get better in a lot of areas, but I would say I need to add strength."
After being a part of Iowa State's class early on, Mosby chose to decommit when Gene Chizek left for Auburn. When he re-opened his recruitment, Mosby heard from several schools. "Besides Kentucky, I heard from Clemson, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Washington and Houston. They all made pushes," said Mosby.
In the end there were several things that he saw on his visit to Lexington that helped him pick Kentucky.
"I liked the tradition. Kentucky has a nice staff. I love the beautiful city of Lexington. First was the academic people. They treated you me like a son," said Mosby. Ryan plans to major in business when he gets to Lexington.
He also was hosted by two Wildcats who along with the other players and staff made a good impression on him. "Demorio Ford and Jeremy Jarmon were my hosts. I felt like family around those guys," said Mosby.
The staff also showed him where they saw him fitting in with their defensive schemes. "They like my linebacker abilities. They like how I drop into coverage, how I tackle and run in open field," said Mosby. "They kept saying I was one of the most explosive players in their class."
Mosby will be one of the final pieces of the puzzle in the 2009 class. With decisions pending from several players and signing day looming, several players will be making calls that will affect the Wildcats roster.