Wednesday, March 6, 2013
2014 OL/DL Mosley shocked by offers
By Kipp Adams
Last summer, 2014 two-way lineman Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton) arrived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as an unknown in the recruiting world. But at 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, Mosley would not go undetected for very long competing in various drills in front of the Crimson Tide coaches.
“I went to a camp at Alabama and I was just some big dude that nobody knew about,” Mosley said. “But then one of the coaches came up and said ‘You are kind of nimble for a big dude.’ ”
Mosley was then put in a group with prospects the coaches already knew about for one-on-ones. With Tide coach Nick Saban looking on, Mosley made the most of his opportunity.
“I guess I did something to impress them because the guys they put me up against in that group could not stop me,” Mosley said. “After that they put me on offense and I did one-on-ones at offensive guard, and the coaches told me afterward that I reminded them of Chance Warmack. That camp really set everything in place. They realized I could move really well side to side – and I was 360 pounds back then.”
Mosley attended a few Alabama games in the fall and received interest from Ole Miss, while also attending the Rebels’ game against Texas A&M.
In January, Mosley took in a junior day at Alabama, where he was told the Tide staff was seriously interested in him as a prospect. A week later, Saban proved it when he visited Mosley at his high school.
Then on signing day, Mosley was called into his coaches’ office and was met by a stern look.
“My coach said someone had informed them that I had been selling drugs and that they needed to search me and all of my stuff,” Mosley said. “I was stunned -- but before I could even deny anything, he started laughing and said he was joking and that Alabama wanted to offer me a scholarship.”
The day before, Mosley’s coach had been telling him to prepare for summer camps and that his best chance of getting a scholarship might be to impress during his senior season.
“Next thing I know he is telling me the national champions had offered me,” Mosley said. “Right then and there, everything just changed in my life. It was a blessing – and a shock. I knew I had the ability to play, and now having the opportunity to make it happen made me really emotional, but I was determined not to cry in front of anyone. They asked me what I wanted to do next and I muttered out that I wanted to call my momma.”
A second offer followed from Tennessee.
The Volunteers could be a factor since Mosley’s cousin, Johnnie Jones, played for them in the early 80’s.
“[Jones] says they will make you a better player and do everything possible to support you in life. He said the fans are crazy -- but they are a good kind of crazy.”
The next week, two more SEC offers came in from Auburn and Ole Miss, both on the same day. Another week went by, and once again an SEC program had good news for Mosley. This time it was the University of Georgia.
“They asked me if I wanted to play for Georgia, and I told them I wish I could,” Mosley said. “They said well then they wanted me to come down and play defense for them. I was as excited as I was when I got my first offer from Alabama.”
The fact that all five offers have come from the same conference is fine by Mosley.
“The SEC is where I want to play because it is the best conference in college football,” Mosley said. “If I can make it there I can make it in the pros. I will likely play in that conference. Alabama is my No. 1 school because they consistently win and they do not fall off each year. I also love that coaching staff. I will visit them April 5 and then I will visit the other SEC offers from there.”