A&M commit dealing with Calif wildfires

A&M commit Matt Moss is looking forward to a break this weekend from the California wildfires that have kept his football team off the field for several days. Moss visits with Aggie Websider about his visit to College Station this weekend and dealing with the fires.

Forgive Matt Moss if college football and his upcoming official visit to Texas A&M isn't his top priority right now. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive line at Grossmont College in southern California is trying to keep his daily routine going despite the massive wild fires that have devastated the southern California region.

"The big fires are about 10 miles away, so we think we're okay," Moss said. "But I've got teammates spread out living all over the county so I'm worried about how they are doing."

As a result of the fires and resulting smoke, classes at the school have been canceled for the week, and the football team hasn't practiced due to the smoke.

"We haven't met as a team in a few days. Most of us are still going in to lift and workout," Moss said. "But we haven't been able to practice since this thing started up."

However, with Moss and his family safely out of harm's way, they still plan to take an official visit to Texas A&M, where the Scout.com four-star prospect committed on an unofficial trip last May.

"It will be good to get away, and I'm excited to get back down to Texas A&M and see some of my future teammates," Moss said. "I talked to Coach Fran, Coach Tommerdahl, and Coach Eggen and they have a busy weekend planned. I talked to Mark Dodge about coming in. I'm not sure, but I think he'll be my host."

On the weekend agenda is Midnight Yell Practice, team meetings on Friday, and of course the game on Saturday against Kansas. Moss is looking forward to seeing the campus full of students, and is looking forward to game day and Kyle Field filled with Aggies. When he visited in May, the students had already left for the summer break.

"I want to experience the campus and the stadium filled with people. In May, the campus was empty," Moss said. "I just want to enjoy the people and experience Kyle Field filled with students and fans. I also want to get to know some of my future teammates better."

Back at Grossmont College, Moss is having another banner year despite teams keying on him. He's still managed to register 10 sacks and is looking forward to breaking his mark from last year.

"I'm getting double teams and cut blocks, things like that. Teams are also running away from me," Moss said. "But you deal with it. That's part of the game. You do what you can to help the team."

Despite having the full attention of the opposing offenses, Moss insists that he's improved significantly this season due to his offseason workout regimen that focused on increasing his quickness and overall, stamina.

"I did some boxing and other things this offseason that helped. I'm getting off the ball quicker and I feel I have more explosion and power," Moss said. "I also feel I've improved my run support this year, and I'm playing faster, longer, and harder because of the boxing."

Moss is scheduled to leave for College Station early Friday morning with his parents, and will return to California on Sunday.

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