Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Mosley visits Alabama, meets new coach
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When the University of Alabama offered Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton) a scholarship on signing day, Mike Groh was still his main recruiter. Not long after, Groh left for a job in the NFL, and Billy Napier replaced him on the staff, taking over Mosley’s recruitment.
Over the weekend, Mosley made a return trip to Tuscaloosa specifically to meet the Crimson Tide’s new wide receivers’ coach.
“When I got down there, they introduced me to Coach Napier because I hadn’t really met him since Coach Groh had left. He had taken over my recruitment, but I hadn’t met him yet, so that trip was basically to go down there and actually meet him in person. The trip was real nice. I got to see that new weight room. Everything went good.”
Although Napier had never met Mosley face-to-face before the weekend, he had already made quite an impression on the 6-foot-5, 340-pound junior defensive tackle.
“Just talking to him on the phone, he sounds like a real good, nice guy,” Mosley said. “He wrote my coach’s mom a letter, telling her he was praying for her because she had cancer. He wrote one of my old teachers a letter, so he’s a real nice guy. I really like him.”
On his visit, Mosley and his parents also sat down with UA head coach Nick Saban, who broke down the education aspect of the university.
“The good part about Alabama is not just the football, it’s the fact that they’re going to take care of you education-wise and do all the best for you,” Mosley said. “They’re going to have everything you need for you to graduate and succeed in what you want to succeed in.”
On the football field, Mosley is listed as a defensive tackle, but the Alabama coaches have compared the 6-foot-5, 340-pound prospect to former Tide star Chance Warmack. They believe he’s versatile to play offense or defense.
So which side of the ball does Mosley want to play on?
“Right now, I’m mostly defense,” he said. “That’s my first thing, but I can go both ways. I told them whichever one you feel is the best for me, that’s where you get to put me at. I told them it’s their decision.”
After the visit, Mosley says his top three consists of Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee, and the Tide still have the advantage for now. He also likes both Auburn and Georgia, but he hasn’t visited either school yet.
Mosley plans to visit Ole Miss this Saturday for its spring game. The following weekend, he’s still deciding whether to take in Tennessee’s spring game or return to Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s spring game. He wants to make a verbal commitment in the fall.