Recruiting: Jamal Mosley Is Icing On The Cake

Maybe the best thing that happened when Jamal Mosley visited Oklahoma State the last weekend of January was that he became ill. The standout high school tight end (rated the 30th-best in the nation) saw firsthand how the Cowboy coaching staff treats its players. That played an important role in the Memphis, Tenn., standout signing Wednesday morning with Oklahoma State.

"I saw how they take care of their players," said Mosley, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end at Kingsbury High School in Memphis. "Coach (Trooper) Taylor and Coach (Doug) Meacham did a great job of taking care of me."

Kingsbury head football coach Duron Sutton said that was a part of the discussion when the two sat down Wednesday morning to make a final decision.

"It came all the way down to the wire. It was real close between Oklahoma State and Ole Miss," Sutton said. "I think what it was (the pushed OSU to the top) was they have a real family-oriented coaching staff, and as he stated before he got sick while he was there (on his recruiting visit), and they took real good care of him as if he was one of their own kids."

Mosley, a three-star prospect who caught 24 passes for 479 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, is also looking forward to watching Cowboy All-American tight end candidate Brandon Pettigrew in the fall. He may end up redshirting his first year at Oklahoma State.

"The plan is for me to come in this year and be mentored by (Pettigrew)," he says. "They think that the two of us have a lot of similarities, and think that I can follow him the next few years. I'm going to be trying to learn as much as I can from him."

Sutton says, "Having a great mentor in Pettigrew, and being able to watch him and see what he's going to have to do to develop into that type of player, was a big factor. With the family-oriented atmosphere and a guy that is going to where you want to be... it's a win-win situation."

Mosley concludes by saying, "I feel good about it. Actually all three schools, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, all had great academic support, so I was looking for the school would be best for me as far as coaching staff-wise and offensive-wise."

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