Moseley's expectations fulfilled

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Defensive backs coaches love long-armed, quick-hipped, speedster athletes to shut down receivers.

Place three check marks next to Emmanuel Moseley's name and it's quick to see why Tennessee placed a scholarship offer on the table.

The FOX Sports and Scout two-star prospect jumped all over the opportunity to play Southeastern Conference football relatively close to his Greensboro, N.C., home with a verbal commitment on Sept. 10.

In his first visit as a Vols pledge, Moseley was on hand to see the Orange & White take No. 6 Georgia to overtime before losing 34-31 in front of an announced crowd of 102,455 on Saturday.

"Well, the atmosphere was crazy, man," said Moseley, who visited with both parents and his two brothers. "It was a great experience to be inside of a place like that. I can't wait to get the chance to do that and to see that.

"It fulfilled (expectations), and I loved every bit of it."

After spending time at first-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones' house, Moseley and other official visitors went out on a boat Sunday, where they enjoyed breakfast. Assistant coaches and their wives joined.

Dillon Bates, Braxton Berrios, Clifton Garrett, Josh Malone and Derrell Scott were some of the elite players on the boat ride.

Time with Jones left the speedy cornerback impressed.

"Oh, man, he's amazing," the Dudley (N.C.) High School standout said. "Every time he talks he pumps me up. He makes me want to go put on a uniform and play for him right now."

If first-year Tennessee defensive backs coach Willie Martinez didn't think highly of Moseley's skills, he wouldn't have gotten the scholarship offer. The two met at camp this summer and spoke again over the weekend.

"I sat down and talked to coach Martinez," Moseley said. "We actually watched film and things like that. They showed my why they like me and why they offered me."

The Vols enlisted a true freshman in Cameron Sutton to start at one cornerback spot. On the other side is junior Justin Coleman. With Coleman's graduation, Moseley should have the opportunity to start his second year on campus.

"If you come in and put the work in, you will have the opportunity and be out there playing early," said Moseley, who was hosted by Sutton.

The Dudley Panthers (5-0) were off last week but take their perfect record into a home matchup with Ben L. Smith High School on Friday.


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