Moss Has It In Good Perspective

The talented all-around athlete from Riverside, Idris Moss, says all the right things about the recruiting process, but then also drops a little bomb about his connection to UCLA...

Idris Moss, ATH/DB/QB, 6-0, 180, 4.5, Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower, is one of the best all-around athletes in the Southland, having put up good numbers at the San Diego Nike Camp (4.5 40, 4.2 shuttle, 35-inch vertical), and he's getting quite a bit of recruiting attention.

Moss says UCLA, Wisconsin, Washington, Nebraska and Arizona State make up his pretty solid list of schools. "I feel pretty strongly about those five. Those are the five that are recruiting me the hardest. All have offered except Nebraska."

Moss said, though, that he doesn't have a leader from that list. ""Not at this point," Moss said. "They're all in the hunt. Since I haven't taken any visits yet, it's too early to really say. So I don't know."

But Moss, who passed for 1686 and 18 touchdowns while also rushing for 350 yards and seven TDs last season, is a young man who seemingly has a few things about the recruiting process – and about playing football in college – in perspective.

On immediate playing time: "I'm not going to say that I want to play immediately. I don't. I want to come in and learn everything for a year and then be completely ready when I do go on the field."

On picking a school: "It's the biggest decision of my life, so I want to make sure I make the right decision. None of my older brothers [he has three] went to college, so I'll be the first from my family. So, my parents are very excited about the opportunity, and I understand its importance. When I first started playing football when I was really little, all I thought about was being able to go to college to play. I then also thought about playing in the NFL. But more than anything I knew that I could maybe get to college playing football and be able to do something with my life."

On taking his official trips: "I'd like to take all five. I know many guys say that, but I really would. It's a great opportunity to see the schools, learn about them, and get experience."

On being flexible about what position he'll play in college: "Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete. Some have recruited me as a quarterback, some as a defensive back. I have no preference. I just want to be at the position where I'm going to play. I'm playing defense for the first time this year, free safety. I'm catching on really quickly and I really like it."

On when he'll make his decision: "I'm almost completely sure it will be after my season. I really want to concentrate on the season and my academics. It's a decision, like I said, that's going to affect the rest of my life. So, I want to be able to consider everything. I want to talk to the coaches, and talk to my coaches, and my family quite a bit. But I don't really want to make the decision until after my football season."

On academically qualifying: "I want to make sure there's no problems. I have a 3.8 GPA overall, but 2.8 core. I'm going to work really hard to improve that this year. And I scored a 960 on the SAT, but I'm taking it again so I can get over 1,000."

Moss said there are a few other factors that will affect his decision. He said that he doesn't have a preference about staying close to home or going away, but does have a preference of conference. "My preference is to stay in the Pac-10, but if I have to go out of it, it doesn't make a difference," he said.

When asked if his parents had a preference, Moss first said that they didn't. But he then added, "They're not pushing me anywhere. They'll be happy that I just go to college and get an education. My dad went to UCLA, though."

His father went to UCLA and he's never influenced him about college? "Oh, yeah, of course he has. I grew up around UCLA, so I still have love for UCLA. And mostly he taught me to hate USC growing up. My whole family taught me to hate USC. I'm older now, so I don't hate them. I've been exposed to so much now that I've kind of grown out of it. I actually went to USC for their Junior Day. So, my father went to UCLA and my uncle went to Washington. Roy Stapleton. He started for three years at safety during the ‘70s. My dad played baseball I think at UCLA but then blew out his knee in a pick-up [basketball] game. But I definitely still have love for UCLA. My dad doesn't care where I go, but he is leaning toward me going to UCLA."

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