Signee Update: Donte Moss

Donte Moss, North Carolina's highest ranked signee, has been told by the UNC staff that he will be in the defensive end rotation this fall.

"To me, it's a big deal, but you know me - I look at everything as just something I have to do," Moss said. "So I don't really feel like it's a lot of pressure put on me. I just want to get there first. I want to get there, get on the workouts and after that everything will fall into place. I just let everything play out."

John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach and Moss' primary recruiter, communicates with Moss, a 6-foot-4, 238-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside, on a regular basis.

"I just finished talking with Coach Blake today," Moss said. "I was with him last weekend – I went to his house.

"The contact part hasn't stopped from recruiting to Signing Day to now. If I must say, it has probably picked up."

Most of their conversations revolve around life, school, and what will happen when Moss gets on campus.

"And [he talks about] how much he's grateful that I stuck with him throughout the recruiting process," Moss said.

Towards the end of Moss' recruitment, several schools pushed hard for official visits, including Clemson, Florida, and Florida State.

"Picking a college is a big decision," Moss said. "I talked to other coaches, but I was just seeing what else is out there – just making sure that the decision I was making is the right decision, because you can't turn back."

Moss didn't end up visiting any other schools – even with one particular school inviting a Northside teammate on an official visit if Moss joined him.

Moss, who is currently on Northside's honor roll, is academically qualified.

"Actually I'm above [what is needed on the NCAA Clearinghouse sliding scale]," Moss said. "With the grades I'm making now, I don't even have to take the SAT again."

On June 14, Moss will arrive on campus and room with fellow defensive lineman Jared McAdoo.

Moss sought to continue to wear his high school jersey number into his collegiate career. But, that won't be an option.

"I wanted [No.] 9, but Marvin [Austin] pretty much has that on lockdown," Moss said with a laugh. "Any number they put me in is good – I'd love a single digit number.

"Hopefully [if Austin will] go to the [National Football] League next year and I can get it."

After helping Northside's football team to a 15-1 record and the NCHSAA 2A semi-finals, Moss joined the basketball squad. He averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per-game, while the Monarchs went 14-11 and reached the third round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs.

"We could have gone much farther, but we had a lot of sophomores," Moss said. "We only had two seniors and the rest were sophomores. So we were a young team."

Moss is now running track, where he is part of Northside's 4x200 relay team and participating in the triple-jump. His best triple-jump is 42 feet. He qualified for regionals in both aforementioned events.

"Pretty much, I really don't have big expectations, because track is just something I do so I won't be home and something to keep me in shape," Moss said. "So I'm pretty much a fill-in and just athletic enough to do well."

Moss has spent his recent weekends in Durham working out with his cousin, who also trains several current UNC and Duke players, including Greg Little. The workout plan Moss follows is similar to the one Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, assigned him.

"They pretty much do the same thing – a lot of speed and agility drills," Moss said.

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