Moss Has Next

Running back Tyrone Moss talks about his senior season, his thought process in recruiting, and what he's looking forward to the most about becoming a Hurricane.

When his senior season began, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely standout running back Tyrone Moss had two major things on his mind.

"I wanted to win a state championship first and foremost," Moss said. "We had gotten so close the last couple years that I wasn't ready for another early exit. We just wouldn't be denied this year. The second one was to get some of the records I was chasing. Thanks to my offensive line, both of those got accomplished."

The standout tailback saw both happen, as Ely finished as 5A state champs while Moss broke several county and even some state records.

One thing that wasn't on his mind at that point is where he might end up playing college ball.

"A lot of people were asking me at the time," he said. "I just kept saying I don't know, I don't know. I really didn't. I was more focused on winning games to get to the title game."

As the season got going, Moss had what appeared to be two favorites -- Miami and Virginia Tech.

"I liked what the Virginia Tech coaches were saying," he said. "I had a chance to be with Kevin Jones in the same backfield together. It sounded really nice but then I decided that it wasn't for me. I just started to get more interested in Miami."

Moss then made a commitment to UM in December, thanks to the help of a couple offensive linemen.

"Me, Andrew, and Cyrim all talked about going there together," he said. "We thought we should stick together. They helped me get here and I hope they can continue helping me get to where I'm going. They're great players and I owe a lot of my success to them."

The standout running back had a coaching staff that believed in Moss his entire career.

"Tyrone's just a great back," said Ely head coach Steve Davis. "He's powerful, he's fast, he can do it all. He was a perfect fit for our offense but I think he would have been a perfect fit for a lot of offenses. He knows how to find the holes and the next thing you know, he's running in for a long touchdown."

His linemen agree with some of those assessments.

"I've seen and heard about some other top guys," said lineman Cyrim Wimbs. "But Tyrone's different. He's got that extra something special. I'm so glad we'll be playing together in college now."

Moss said he's got big plans for his career as a Hurricane and he hopes to get them started immediately.

"With Willis leaving, there's a big opportunity," he said. "I know Frank Gore's a great running back and he'll be the man going in. But I'm going to give him something to think about. I'm going to challenge him. I want to be able to help the team right away. I'm going into a great situation and I can't wait to be a part of it."

Moss said he's followed the careers of former UM backs, including Edgerrin James and Willis McGahee.

"I want to add my name to that list," he said. "As long as I get the opportunity, I'll show everyone. But winning is always most important to me."

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