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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Michigan pursues Va. Tech LB commit

By Chantel jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After E.J. Levenberry Jr. (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) chose Florida State over Michigan in April, Michigan seemed to pretty much close its books on 2013 linebacker recruiting. But recently, those books seem to have opened yet again.

Michigan State commit Jon Reschke (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) received a Michigan offer in mid-November. And now, 2013 Virginia Tech commit Jamieon Moss (Elizabeth City, NC/Northeastern) has an offer from the Wolverines.

“It was way more than flattering,” Moss said of the offer. “I’m from a small town. No other football player around here has had the honor to have offers from Michigan or Virginia Tech. It’s a huge honor. It’s a huge blessing.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker has been committed to Virginia Tech since June and said he’s still committed, but he’s very open to hearing from the Wolverines. He would like to take an official visit to Ann Arbor, but he said that won’t happen unless he can figure out a way to make sure his mother takes the trip with him.

On an official visit, the university pays for one plane ticket, which would cover Moss’ travel expenses. But Moss said that if he would consider changing anything about his commitment, it would be imperative that his mother be a big part of the process, which would mean his mother also meeting the coaching staff in person and seeing the campus with her son. However, if he finds a way to get his mother to Ann Arbor, he would be interested in taking an official visit with the Wolverines this winter.

Unlike Michigan, Virginia Tech doesn’t have a “no visit after commit” policy, and Moss said that he will just have to be open with both coaching staffs.

Moss recorded 100-plus tackles in his final two seasons for Northeasternm and he recently clocked a 4.61 in the 40. Moss said he models his game play after Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, the Ravens’ Ray Lewis and the 49ers’ Patrick Willis.

“I run from sideline to sideline trying to find the ball,” Moss said. “All I think about is, ‘Get the ball, get the ball.’ ”

Moss said he has been in contact with defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, and he said Montgomery visited Northeastern last week.

“I got a lot of offers [after I committed], but I hadn’t gotten an offer from that caliber of a team,” Moss said. “It was one heck of a surprise.”

And if Moss can find his mother a way to Ann Arbor this winter, the Wolverines could be in for one heck of a surprise if they’re able to flip the commitment of this speedy and talented linebacker.