Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek tight end Thaddeus Moss got a huge kick out the response he received from coaches when he committed to NC State.
“They didn’t really know how to show it,” Moss said, laughing “When I committed, there was the biggest smile on Coach Doeren’s face. He was ecstatic and couldn’t stop smiling. Coach Faulkner couldn’t stop smiling. They were just hyped.”
The son of former NFL great Randy Moss, the 6-foot 4-inch, 240 pound tight end is coming off a state championship season with Mallard Creek in which he hauled in 54 passes for 831 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Despite the grandeur that comes from being a top prospect who is also the son of a legend, Moss did not seek to overexpose himself to the limelight. He shied away from the media and told those recruiting him that daily contact was not necessary.
“I kind of just told [the NC State staff] that I am not into talking to coaches 24-7,” Moss said. “You don’t have to message me every single day. As long as I know you all want me and what my position would be with the team, that is good enough for me. I told Coach Faulkner that from day one. He understood it and was cool with it.”
Moss was recruited by practically everyone. He had narrowed his choices down and was in the official visit phase heading into his trip to Raleigh. He had traveled to Texas A&M prior to coming to NC State and had a visit scheduled for UCLA.
Despite trying to see the process through, Moss had a hunch that NC State would be for him due to several factors. Once he made his visit, he felt no need to drag the decision out any further.
“I had a feeling going up,” Moss said. “Actually in the car ride up I was thinking in my head, 'Man, just try and wait it out to signing day.’ It just happened. That wasn’t the plan but it was the right time.”
With his decision to attend NC State, Moss will get to be near his family during his college career. Going into his recruitment, his father wanted him to remain close to home and he also sought to stay near his loved ones while building new bonds.
“When it came down to it distance did play a role for me,” Moss said. “My dad told me his preference was that he would rather have me stay close to home. I sat down and thought about it deeply and Ii just wanted to stay close to my family. I wanted to stay close to home and have a good support system under me. I felt NC State was the best place for it.”
One unique thing about the next four years for Moss will be the Wolfpack’s nonconference schedule. Between 2017 and 2019, NC State will play home-and-home series versus West Virginia and his father’s alma mater Marshall.
Prior to committing to NC State, Moss was actually unaware that he could potentially make two trips to where he called home before ultimately spending his senior season with Mallard Creek in Charlotte.
“That is going to be something of course with the family ties,” Moss said of the battles to come against the Mountaineers and Thundering Herd. “That is going to be cool to go back home and play a game against those two schools. That is going to be interesting. I actually did not know that until you told me.”
Moss has traveled a path unique to even the most prized high school recruits. It will take him to NC State after he graduates high school and it already feels comfortable join the Wolfpack family.
“It was a good feel with everything,” Moss said. “The coaching staff, I felt good with the coaches. I just felt at home. It just felt right.”