Name: Donte Moss
Hometown: Jacksonville, North Carolina
High School: Northside
Position: Defensive End/Tailback
NOTES: Because he is just a rising junior, a lot of folks didn't know about Donte Moss, but he burst on the scene at the Elite 8 Combine. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 226 pounds, Moss finished first overall in the 225+-pound weight class, despite being just a rising junior. He recorded a 4.63 and a 4.82 in the 40-yard dash, 17 reps of 185 on the bench, a 4.53 pro shuttle, and a 33-inch vertical jump, showcasing his outstanding athleticism.
"I felt I did good," Moss stated after claiming his trophy. "I couldn't do my best because of the weather, but I feel I did good."
In 2006, Moss totaled 87 tackles and nine sacks while also leading Jones Senior in rushing with 605 yards (long of 85 yards) and eight touchdowns to earn all-conference and all-area honors. He added another 105 yards receiving with a touchdown and 273 return yards (long of 85 yards) and a score. Jones head coach Greg Hampton praised his former player.
Now he is starting to see that college is just a couple of years away and a few schools are already showing interest. East Carolina attended two games last year to watch Moss in action, and NC State has been in this spring to start the early evaluation process. Moss mentioned that he will camp at NC State and attend a team camp at North Carolina this summer.
The Wolfpack leads big for Moss, who sported a red NC State jacket in the cold at the Elite 8 Combine.
"I want to go to State," he said. "I just grew up liking State. They've got a good engineering program, and the facilities there are nice. Man, those are nice. I went up there one time with the school, and it's just nice."
COACH QUOTE: "Donte is a special athlete. He's one of those special players that can probably play any position on the football field. He plays defensive end, tailback, some wide receiver, and he's our punter and kicker. He can do it all.
"He's a naturally gifted athlete, but on top of all of that, Donte is a great kid." Jones Senior Head Coach Greg Hampton
"He's a great athlete and a nice kid. At the combine he showed for a big guy how he can really move. His grades are good, and it looks like he is going to be qualified in all areas. He hasn't taken the SAT yet because it is so early, but based on his core GPA he's going to be fine.
"When I get transfers in I try to formulate my own opinions on them based on what I see when they arrive here, but I've watched Donte on some film. He is big, strong, and really athletic... I know that much about him. We're going to use him at defensive end and linebacker on defense, and on offense I think we'll play him at tight end or split out at wide receiver."-- Jacksonville (NC) Northside Head Coach Bob Eason
PACK PRIDE SCOUTING REPORT: "While watching Donte Moss it's easy to forget that you're actually looking at sophomore film. At 6-4, 225 pounds, Moss has division one size now and, and after running a 4.63-second 40-yard dash at a combine last week, proved he has the speed to match.
"Moss plays as a standup defensive end in high school and would likely be more effective in a traditional 4-3 alignment with his hand on the ground. His strength is his speed and pursuit.
"Moss runs extremely well and nothing exemplifies that more than his ability at running back. He has quick feet for his size but you don't see a 225-pounder run the way he does very often.
"With two more seasons to mature before he enters college, Moss could potentially emerge as a national-caliber recruit before all is said and done." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
SCOUTING REPORT: "Moss plays a standup end in a 50 front, which allows him to use his speed off the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. He has great initial quickness off the ball, good awareness in the backfield, and moves very well laterally. I would like to see him play with better leverage, though putting his hand down and starting low could help with that immediately.
"Playing the running back position actually makes him look smaller than the listed 6-4/225 size, which could mean he is still growing since the end of the season -- which should be expected for a rising junior.
"I would love to see his wingspan. He reminds me of former Northern Nash standout and NC State signee Chad Green when I viewed his junior film." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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