After a stellar freshman season at Grossmont (CA) Junior College that included a school record 16 sacks and more than 25 tackles for a loss, defensive lineman Matt Moss is now a hot commodity on the D-1 recruiting trail. That trail leads to College Station this weekend where the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect will take an unofficial visit.
"I'm leaving Saturday with my dad to see Texas A&M," Moss said. "I've never been to Texas, so I'm looking forward to the trip. Growing up, I always watched the annual Texas A&M-Texas game. The stadium was packed and the game was intense, and I always wanted to play in that game for some reason."
When A&M coach Mark Tommerdahl saw what Moss was capable of he immediately gave Moss a scholarship offer, the first full-ride offer that Moss received.
"When coaches see how I practice and how my motor runs 110 percent at all times, they usually end up offering," Moss said. "We've got a great offensive tackle with D-1 offers I'm going up against in practice, and we have a war. It's great, and the visiting coaches love to watch us go at it."
Those recent offers include Oregon, Arizona State, Kansas State, Iowa State, and San Diego State, and other college coaches are starting to make their way to Grossmont. However, it's the situation at Texas A&M that has the Aggies sitting in the proverbial catbird seat going into this weekend's visit.
"Coach Tommerdahl and Coach Eggen (A&M DL coach) have been great," Moss said. "The coaches really want me and have talked about how they need me to step in and compete for Chris Harrington's spot at defensive end after he graduates next season. They also like that I will be graduating in December and can be there in the spring."
Another big plus is Moss' versatility to play inside or outside, something that the A&M coaches are very excited about.
"I've really improved my speed and quickness off the edge. I lowered my forty time last year from 4.9 to 4.7, and I got stronger and bigger in the process, Moss said. "I'm relentless to the ball and can use my speed and quickness on the outside, but I'm also strong enough now that I can take some interior assignments and match-up well inside if that's the plan."
And while Moss has never been to Texas A&M, he has done his research and knows a lot about the school and the program. Now, he just needs to see it all in person to confirm what he's read about.
"Texas A&M is big-time. The facilities are great. The game day atmosphere is known throughout the country," Moss said. "They have 80,000 at the games. The most people I've played in front of has been 3,000. It's the Big 12. It's big-time football."
But that's not the only aspect of Texas A&M that has attracted the California native's attention.
"The academics at Texas A&M are excellent and a degree from there goes a long way in the real world," Moss said. "Everybody also says it's a big family there, that Aggies take care of Aggies."
It has been rumored that the versatile defensive lineman plans to commit on his visit this weekend and end the recruiting process, but Moss left the door open on his plans depending what happens this weekend.
"Right now, I'm still planning to visit Oregon State and possibly Arizona State which is pretty close to San Diego," Moss said. "But we'll see how it goes this weekend. If the visit confirms everything I've heard and I get that feeling that this is where I need to be and where God wants me to be, then I'll commit and that's it. If I still feel that I need to do more research and take more trips, then I'll do that."
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