Athletic Prospect Mose Denton

Mose Denton is a 6-1, 180-pound receiver/safety that didn't play his junior year at Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, and is trying to make up for the lack of exposure this spring with camps and combines...

One prospect in the class of 2007 who realizes the importance of the spring combines is Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair receiver/safety Mose Denton (6-1, 180).

Forced to sit out the 2005 season because he transferred to Mayfair from Norwalk (Calif.) Glenn, Denton has attended just about every available combine in Southern California to get the exposure he missed out on last season.

So far, it's worked out for him, as Denton has posted some excellent numbers, including some very strong ones at the Combine in Los Angeles, where he was named to the all-combine team as an athlete.

"Every combine I go to, I know I have to do well so that colleges can see what I can do," Denton said. "It's not just the testing, I need to do well at my position. A lot of schools have come by and heard I did really good at the Scout Combine and now they just want to watch my first three games to see what I can do on the field."

The schools that Denton has been hearing from include Boise State, San Diego State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Air Force, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and UCLA.

"I like Boise State, California, Arizona State and UCLA," said Denton.

The athletic Denton said that it would have been nice to play with UCLA commit Alterraun Verner at Mayfair last year, but Verner still helped him out off the field. "Alterraun told me about the (Scout) combine and said I needed to go to it and do well because it will help me," Denton said.

Denton heeded Verner's advice, and though he came to the Combine as a player few had heard about it, he left an intriguing mark. He worked at the Combine as a receiver, and did well in the one-on-ones, while his testing numbers were particularly impressive, clocking a 4.47 forty, 4.29 in the shuttle, 7.28 in the 3-cone dril, and jumping 37.5 in the vertical and 9-10 in the broad jump. Among receivers, his 40 time was only bested by Reginald Dunn.

It's been hard for Denton to try to market himself, though, based just on his camp and combine performances. "I don't have any tape for schools to see, so when I do good at the combine, the colleges know I'm fast and athletic. Now I just need to show them what I can do on the field," said Denton.

He also attended the Adidas Camp at UCLA this past weekend, another opportunity for him to make an impact.

"There were college coaches, some from UCLA, so I showed what I'm capable of. I played receiver again, but I can also play safety if I need to," said Denton.

Denton has also attended the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and the MSL Combine.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month, and is awaiting the score.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories