Recruiting: Early PT a Factor for State's Top DE

Six-foot-7, 220 pounds, a 30-inch vertical and a sub-4.5 clocking in the forty. Long arms, explosive first step and a rare combination of height, speed, and overall athletic ability. Big-play pass rusher with ideal speed, a tremendous burst out of stance, great acceleration and terrific closing speed. How many prospects fit that description? Just one and his name is...

...Jarvis Moss, a 5-star blue-chip defensive end hailing from Ryan HS of Denton, Texas. He is currently sporting 30+ offers with what many consider to be a top five consisting of Texas, OU, Florida, Miami and FSU. With three official visits lined up with the previously mentioned Florida Universities, that only leaves two. And assuming the remaining two trips will go to Texas and OU might just be a little premature. The state's top-ranked pass-rushing menace told IT, "It's a possibility Texas and OU will get the last two officials. Neither one of them is for sure and I'm not sure they'll be my last two."

Sounds like another school might be entering the fray, while either Texas or OU may be on its way out of the Jarvis Moss sweepstakes.

At this point, the nations second-ranked defensive end prospect has accumulated over 60 tackles and nine sacks. Numbers like that make you wonder if Moss could see himself playing for Texas.

"Texas is an ideal place for any football player," said Moss. "They have great players, great coaches and they recruit really well."

Playing time is an issue with several high-profile kids and Moss has discussed the possibilities of reaching the field early at Texas with his high school coach, Joey Florence. "When me and Coach were at the Texas-Iowa State game, he pointed Bryan Pickryl (true frosh DE) to me," said Moss. "Coach Florence said that would probably be the guy I would be competing against and it got me thinking. It made me think a lot about getting to play there early and stuff."

Moss is being recruited by Hardee McCrary (recruiting coordinator/defensive ends coach) and he said he spoke with Mack Brown just the other day. He thinks both are the some of the nicest coaches you could meet.

Closer to National Signing Day is where this commitment seemingly is headed. Definitely after the five visits are taken, according to Moss, and not a moment before. Somebody will be doing cartwheels and it won't be Moss, as the ball is clearly in his court.

Stacey Dean covered recruiting in the state of Texas for Horns Illustrated before joining Inside Texas. His prospect updates will appear frequently on

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