Moss Earns First Offer

Jacksonville (NC) Northside head coach Bob Eason knows that he has a very talented football player in Donte Moss.

Donte Moss burst on the recruiting scene this past spring when he attended the 2007 Elite 8 Combine. The event has been useful for rising seniors, as they develop the techniques needed to succeed at the upcoming Shrine Bowl combines while also putting their names on the recruiting radar. Moss, who was in the process of completing his sophomore year, put on a show.

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."

He isn't just a very good athlete... Moss can play football too. As a sophomore at Trenton (NC) Jones Co., he 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.

He transferred to nearby Jacksonville (NC) Northside this spring, and coach Eason couldn't be happier with how he has played.

"Donte is having a great year," said coach Eason. "He has mainly been playing defense for us... defensive end, but we've been working him in at tailback and tight end as well.

"We think he is going to be a defensive end or tight end in college so we've been working him there. I like him at defensive end. He's got a lot of potential there. He's a player."

Rated No. 3 in the 2A class, Northside is currently 7-0 and 3-0 in the East Central Conference following last week's 31-0 shutout win over South Lenior.

In that game, Moss, who is currently 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, had seven carries for 90 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown run. The previous week, against Clinton, he rushed for 40 yards and two more scores. In a pivotal game ealier this season, he had two sacks, a forced fumble, and a 95-yard touchdown run as the Monarchs routed Swansboro.

Moss has the ability to change the game on offense or defense, and teams with East Carolina recruit Joe Womack to give Northside two of the top athletes in the eastern part of the state. Coach Eason is trying to use him wherever he can help out his team.

"He has good speed to be that big," said coach Eason. "At his size, if you can break off a 95-yard touchdown run, that's saying something. He's fast. We've split him out some at receiver. He's a major player. He is a major D-I recruit."

Earlier this year Moss took an unofficial visit to NC State as the Wolfpack played Wofford. Shortly afterwards he landed his first official scholarship offer.

"He went to visit NC State's campus when they played Wofford, and they sent us an official offer for him," said coach Eason. "He's a young kid, and I know he was extremely happy to get that first offer.

"The main thing I told him was to sit down and see what other offers are out there for him. I know he enjoyed the atmosphere up at State, and I think State has a great program. I'm sure it is a very big offer for him. It's close to home, and he's a big State fan so it's probably a great fit for him."

Programs such as Ohio State, North Carolina, and East Carolina have also expressed interest in Moss. He is projected to be a top-10 player in the state in the 2009 class.

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