Texas DL Gets UM Offer

This pass-rushing terror enjoyed talking with several head coaches last month, including UM's Larry Coker. He was recently offered a scholarship by the Hurricanes and talks about where the Canes rank on his early list of favorites.

Whenever you're 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds with blazing speed and quickness, you're going to draw some major recruiting attention. "I ran a 4.48 last week on track," Denton (Texas) Ryan standout defensive end Jarvis Moss said. While that's hand-timed and may seem incredible, consider this – Moss finished last season with 122 tackles, 52 for loss, and 28 quarterback sacks. He's one of the most feared pass rushers in the entire country.

However, Moss hasn't always terrorized quarterbacks. In fact, he used to be one.

"I started playing organized city ball in third grade," Moss told me. "I was a quarterback at the time but I never got to throw the ball much because we were running a wish bone offense. I also played running back and linebacker over the years. Then when I got to high school, my brother was playing defensive end so I wanted to switch over and play that position because I had always watched how he played." Brother Chris is now at the University of North Texas.

Moss also plays soccer (goalie) and basketball in addition to running track up until his sophomore year. He competed in the high jump event two years ago.

Inside the classroom, Moss is fully qualified with a 2.8 GPA and a 17 ACT score.

"I really enjoyed talking to all the coaches last month," Moss said. "Some of the ones I talked to were Coach Coker from Miami, Coach Mack Brown from Texas, Coach Stoops from Oklahoma, Coach Saban from LSU, and I also talked to coaches from UCLA, Florida State, and Florida."

Moss said he already has garnered quite an impressive list of offers. "I've gotten a bunch of them," he said. "I went over to my grandparents house the other day and I had seven fed-ex packages there to pick up. All the coaches that I mentioned that I talked to has sent me a scholarship."

With so many early choices, what is the talented defensive end thinking?

"I really don't have a list of favorite schools because it's still kind of early," he said. "I don't know much about a lot of the schools yet, but I do like some of the coaches that have called."

"I really like Coach McCrary, the defensive ends coach from UT. He's probably the nicest I've met and the most trustworthy so far. I also like Coach Coker from Miami and Coach Stoops from Oklahoma a lot too."

With the University of Texas making such a strong push for Moss, what are the chances that he'll leave the state?

"There could be a chance," he said. "I realize that one of the biggest schools in the whole country is right here in Texas and there's a good chance I'll stay because they don't come any nicer than Texas. However, I definitely want to visit the three Florida schools. They've all talked to me about coming down for a visit this fall and I definitely will be checking out those three. And also maybe UCLA and LSU."

Moss said he enjoyed his conversation with Coach Coker.

"He was real nice," he said. "He talked about how hard they're going to recruit me and how serious they are about getting me down there. He talked about which guys will be leaving."

So what does Moss think about the Hurricanes?

"It's one of the best, what else can you say," he said. "They have a great chance of repeating as national champions and they seem to have a great program. But I just don't know much about the actual school yet, but I will after I take my visit there."

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