Massaquoi Keeping his Options Open

Charlotte (NC) Independence standout Mohamed Massaquoi is one of the nation's premier rising senior prospects, as the talented wide receiver is coming off an outstanding junior season.

Charlotte (NC) Independence standout Mohamed Massaquoi is one of the nation's premier rising senior prospects, as the talented wide receiver is coming off an outstanding junior season.

"I did good," Massaquoi told StateFans. "I had 87 catches for 1,525 yards and 23 touchdowns. We won the state championship again and beat New Bern in the last game. At the beginning I thought it was going to be a real shootout, but as the game went on I think they lost their composure."

After winning his third consecutive state 4-A championship Independence Head Coach Tommy Knotts accepted the quarterbacks coach position at Duke University. Mohamed's happy for his ex-coach and believes the Patriots can continue their winning tradition.

"I feel happy for him. I feel he made the best decision, and I think it's a good move. Our defensive coordinator was promoted to Head Coach and we return a lot of guys. We should be good again this year too."

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 190 pounds, Massaquoi is physically ready to play at the next level. He's best known for his precise routes and excellent hands. His exploits on the gridiron has led to scholarship offers from schools across the country.

"Most of the ACC schools, Tennessee, and Michigan have offered me scholarships. I don't really have any favorites. I'm just wide open for now."

Massaquoi attended NC State's Junior Day in late February and he liked what he saw.

"I liked it. It was well-organized. I had been up there before so it wasn't really anything new for me because I'm already familiar with [N.C.] State."

So what does he like about N.C. State?

"I like their coaching staff and State's close to home too. They have a similar offense to what we run at Independence, and they pass the ball a lot."

Author's Note: Mohamed is one of the state's top prospects and will be VERY highly recruited this year. He has a cousin, Tim Massaquoi, who plays Tight End for the Michigan Wolverines and that could be a factor in his decision. Also, he is reportedly very close to ex-teammate and current Florida Gator Chris Leak.


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