- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
No information was provided to Paul Moses, just a number. His coach at Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic gave him 10 digits and an order to call it.
Waiting on the other end was Nebraska graduate assistant Jake Mandelko -- with an offer.
“It was a big surprise to me,” the junior running back said. “My coaches told me to call this number and I called it and it was Nebraska.”
The Huskers are the first to offer the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Moses, who also plays linebacker for one-loss Central Catholic.
In Central Catholic’s opening playoff game, Moses rushed for 74 yards in the first half before the starters were pulled. For the season, he estimates he has 500 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Mandelko was already aware of Moses’ numbers.
“He was telling me how much he’s been watching me and it sounded like he’s been knowing me all my life by the stuff he was telling me,” Moses said.
The Huskers have nine players from Ohio on its roster and four more committed in the 2013 class. Nebraska usually focuses its Ohio recruiting efforts in Northeast Ohio as that is where coach Bo Pelini is from. However, the Huskers plucked Whitmer prospect LeRoy Alexander from Toledo in the 2012 class, and Moses is friends with Alexander.
“[Mandelko] was telling me how he’s got a lot of Ohio players down there,” Moses said, “so I won’t be alone.”
Akron, Bowling Green, Illinois and Pittsburgh are showing interest in Moses and could follow suit with an offer.
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