When Grossmont Community College (CA) defensive end Matt Moss received heavy attention from several Division I programs and eventually committed to Texas A&M this offseason, the Aggie coaching staff warned him he'd be a marked man in more ways than one. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Scout.com four star prospect found out this weekend exactly what they were talking about when Grossmont battled No. 1 ranked El Camino College on Saturday.
"Some of the El Camino coaches were yelling at me and trying to rattle me before the game," Moss said. "I was double and triple teamed all game. Their offensive linemen knew my name and were calling me out. Some of the coaches told me to expect that since I'm already committed to a D-1 school."
Despite all the attention on the field, Moss still managed five tackles, a sack, and two QB pressures in a loss to the top-ranked JUCO on the west coast. However, after the Grossmont staff made some adjustments to their defensive package this week, the Texas A&M commit expects more opportunities next weekend to make plays.
"The coaches put in some new schemes to free me up a little. We're doing what the Chargers do with Shawn Merriman," Moss said. "I had six sacks in practice today. We're playing a passing team, so I'll have opportunities to pressure the quarterback."
Moss has become a better pass rusher with his summer training regimen that resulted in lower body fat and quicker feet. His coaches noticed the difference immediately.
"I worked hard this summer and I trained using a boxing routine that lowered my body fat and improved my speed and quickness," Moss said. "The coaches noticed, and they say my pursuit is much faster than last year."
Despite pledging to the Aggies in late spring, Moss continues to hear from major Division I programs. Kansas State, Arizona State, Oregon, and Kansas among others have called inquiring about the availability of the four-star prospect.
"Schools still call, but when I tell them I'm 100% committed to A&M, the conversations are pretty short," Moss said. "I gave the A&M coaches my word and I'm sticking to it. I won't take any trips other than my official visit to A&M on October 27 for the Kansas game."
Moss regularly talks to his recruiter Mark Tommerdahl, future position coach Stan Eggen, and head coach Dennis Franchione, and they've been discussing his role on the team once he gets to College Station in January as a mid-term graduate.
"They want me to come in and compete for Chris Harrington's position," Moss said. "They say I have similar technique to him and I can have the same impact if I come ready to work in the spring. I plan to be down there in early January."
If the JUCO defensive lineman comes close to filling the big shoes of All-Big 12 candidate Harrington, Aggie fans will be very happy with their future defensive end in 2008.
Moss a marked man
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