Moss Ready To Get To Work

With Donte Moss' signature, North Carolina signs yet another defensive end who is poised to contribute as a freshman.

"They said red-shirting was out of the question," Moss said. "Coach Blake and Coach Davis said they can't wait to get me in as soon as they can."

Early playing time, though, has never been a concern for Moss, a 6-foot-4, 231-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside.

"I'm not too worried about that," Moss said. "I'll let that take care of itself. I'm just ready to get up there and get to work."

Heading into his junior year, Moss was considered a strong NC State-lean. The tide began to turn during the following football season.

"I was real iffy about my decision in the beginning," Moss said. "But then I stopped and watched a Tar Heel game and I saw the difference between one year and another. I saw how they were challenging people. And all the players that were on the team were freshmen."

A Junior Day last spring gave UNC the lead it never relinquished.

"I talked to the coaches and met the players," Moss said. "I saw the potential that they really had."

Shortly thereafter, Moss verbally committed to Blake, his primary recruiter, despite receiving interest from schools across the nation.

Throughout his recruitment, Moss' commitment status was the subject of rumors. Fueling the speculation was the never ending recruiting efforts from other schools. As late as last week, Moss' high school was visited by coaches representing Florida State and N.C. State.

"Of course there were times that I thought that I chose too fast, but overall I'm glad that I stuck with my decision," Moss said.

Rumors have also circulated around Moss' academic situation.

"Things are all good now," Moss said. "I'm not too worried about not making it. I'm right [with the NCAA Clearinghouse], now."

Following his senior football season, Moss played in the Shrine Bowl and U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Both of which forced him to miss significant school time.

Now caught up on his schoolwork, Moss participated in his first high school basketball game of his senior season last Friday night. He scored 16 points and recorded 11 rebounds in a 68-61 victory.

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