Moses in Morgantown

A big-bodied left tackle who was originally recruited by WVU found himself on the turf at Milan Puskar Stadium on Friday afternoon. However, he wasn't suiting up for the Mountaineers. Instead, he donned the red, white and blue of Fork Union Military Academy.

Perhaps the most noteworthy name on the Fork Union roster is that of Morgan Moses, who was recruited by essentially every big-time program in the eastern part of the United States.

Moses ultimately signed with Virginia, but failed to academically qualify. Like so many other Fork Union players, he headed to the prep school to try to bring his grades up while still playing football and hoping to once again join the ranks of major college football.

The big tackle found himself back in Morgantown this weekend, as FUMA took on West Virginia's junior varsity squad on Friday night. After his team won a sloppy game 6-2, Moses talked about how his season is going so far, both on the field and off.

"It was a hard point in my life," Moses said of learning he wouldn't be eligible to play at UVA immediately. "I had to get over it. I had to stop going around the hurdles and just hop over them. I'm doing well with that, and I look forward to seeing what happens."

"(Fork Union) Coach (John) Shuman laid out a good plan for me to get ready and be eligible by December so I can get on wherever I'm going and be able to join with a team and make myself comfortable wherever I go."

The 6-foot-7, 332-pounder has tried to maintain a positive attitude despite being unable to join the ranks of major college football as soon as he would like. He said the opportunity that exists at FUMA goes far beyond football.

"Man, this stage of my life is just maturing," Moses said.

"A lot of scouts are scared to pick up a guy that has academic issues. But I'm not worrying about that. I feel like I'm going to get it done. I feel like I'm maturing as a man. Fork Union and the military is giving me great discipline, so I think I'm going to pull through."

With the recruiting process essentially starting anew for Moses and others like him who have to go to prep school to bolster their academic standing, the left tackle said he has been getting contact from several college coaches through the mail (he can't receive calls from coaches while at Fork Union). Despite those efforts, he seems to remain solid with Virginia at this point.

"It's home," said Moses, a Richmond, Va., native. "It felt like home. It still is home right now. I don't see no other school (in the picture) right now, but we've just got to see what goes on down the road."

The big-bodied tackle did take an official visit to WVU during his original recruitment and had the chance to take in the Colorado game from the stands with his Fork Union teammates. He said that the Mountaineers are not completely out of the picture.

"If I do open it back up, I would consider West Virginia," Moses said. "Being here at the game last night, it was real live. The fans still recognized me and still love me. It's a great place."

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