March 21, 2012

Chippewas were first to offer Mosely

O'Fallon (Ill.) cornerback Darius Mosely has already picked up offers from 12 different FBS programs, including Central Michigan. Along with the Chippewas, who were the first to offer him, he has offers from schools in the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, MAC, SEC and Sun Belt.

Mosely is also drawing serious interest from Michigan State, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Spartans and Badgers are close to potentially offering him.

Although some schools have shown interest in Mosely as a wide receiver, most are looking at now as a cornerback, including CMU.

The O'Fallon native says that he does not have a leader or even a top five at the moment, but he does know what he is looking for in both a program and a school.

"The most important thing is academics, then the football program, then the environment, and lastly is whether or not I will be redshirted my first year."

Mosely has not visited Mount Pleasant yet, but he said he is trying to get to CMU. He has already visited Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. He is looking to potentially visit Vanderbilt this weekend.

"Illinois was nice. The coaching staff was cool; they introduced their families to us. Overall, I had a good experience. Missouri was nice too, they mostly talked about the move to the SEC. I had a good time there. Wisconsin was fun, a little chilly, but I don't mind the cold. I met some of the coaches, including the head coach and he told me I was high on their list. In all, I had a good time on all the visits."

The O'Fallon junior does not have a definite timetable as far as when he would like to make a verbal commitment, but said possibly before his senior season starts or after he takes his five official visits.

Mosely comes from an O'Fallon program that has pumped out talent in the last few years. In the Rivals era, they have put kids on rosters in the Big Ten, Big 12 and the MAC.

"It's great. The program gives every player the opportunity to showcase their talents and it helps motivate players to want to get better and compete for position. The reason I am in the situation I am in now is because of the program and previous athletes who played for O'Fallon and I want to thank them for what they all have done for me."

Last year, the O'Fallon Panthers went 8-1 in the regular season, winning the Southwestern League Championship before making a run to the state quarterfinals.

"It was a great experience. Our team came together and we all gave it our all and we all played good."

Mosely is looking to finish his high school career strong, with his team making a run at the state title as he prepares to play college football.

"The team goal is to make it to state and my goal is to help my teammates get better and improve my coverage skills and to beat all the stats I had last year."

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