Newcomer Profile - Dan Mozes

Pennsylvania offensive lineman Dan Mozes will make a bid for immediate playing time.

Dan Mozes
Offenive Lineman, 6-3, 290 lbs., 5.0
Washington High, Washington, Pa.

Terrific lineman who led head coach Guy Montecalvo's Prexies to the Class 2A state title, a WPIAL championship and a 15-0 record … played offensive and defensive right tackle but will be an offensive lineman at WVU.

First-team small school all-state and earned all-Interstate Conference honors three times … named Washington Observer-Reporter Defensive Player of the Year … recorded 10.5 sacks and 95 tackles as a senior.

"Lots of guys will be sitting in the lockerroom before practice, where Dan is out there already blocking and working," Montecalvo said. "He has a great work ethic and does whatever it takes to make himself a better player. He throws like a quarterback, and he was on our hands team on kickoffs."

Was team captain for Wash High this year … in the WPIAL championship game at Heinz Field, Mozes caught an on-side kick and ran 40 yards … he was team's emotional leader, according to Montecalvo … coaches in Pennsylvania's indicated he was one of the top three linemen in the state and one of the best in the last five years ... participated in the Big 33 game.

Went from 280 pounds to 290 in offseason and took 0.5 seconds off his 40 time.

"He has improved his quickness, which has made his good explosion better," Montecalvo said. "He blocks guys five yards off the ball and had a lot of pancakes."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team selection and also picked to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 team … biggest adjustment will be learning pace of play and getting accustomed to playing people his size.

Washington High has produced many Mountaineers, including tight end Rob Mazie and late 1980s wide receiver Jamie LeMon … also plays forward in basketball and first base in baseball … committed to WVU back in the summer after also receiving early offers from Pitt and Wake Forest … Penn State was among several schools which tried to make a late recruiting push, but Dan stuck with the Mountaineers … will enroll in general studies … son of Tom and Joann Mozes.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Dan was an outstanding lineman at Wash High. He led them to a 15-0 record and the state championship. He's an honor student and was one of our first commitments. We're tickled to have Big Dan."

What Herb Hand says: "Dan Mozes is a guy who committed to us early and stuck with us all along, even though a lot of other schools tried to get in on him. (Penn State head coach) Joe Paterno called up (Wash High coach and Penn State alum) Guy Montecalvo and was real upset that Dan wasn't interested in them. He's an excellent lineman, and we're really happy he stuck with us."


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