Stephen Mosley just wants to get away from it all.
Away from life in the city. Away from the noise, the commotion.
That shift in atmosphere is what he’s looking for in a college football program.
“I’ve been here all my life — my whole life — it ain’t nothing but drama,” said Mosley, a senior cornerback at Buchtel High School. “I’m trying to rebuild my life somewhere else. Somewhere better.”
Mosley has scholarship offers from Buffalo, Toledo, Kent State, Bowling Green and Hampton. He’s visited the first four and will visit Hampton later this month.
Mosley played both ways for Buchtel — wide receiver and cornerback — but is being recruited mostly as a defensive back. At 6-foot, 180 pounds, he has great size for the position. He also runs track for Buchtel and said he ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at a Toledo football camp earlier in the fall.
That height-speed combination has garnered five scholarship offers and some interest from a few BCS programs such as Indiana and Cincinnati. But more-so than wins and losses or defensive scheme or facilities, he’s looking at the atmosphere of each school and the quality of the psychology program, his chosen major.
Kent State, Mosley said, was just too close to home. And Toledo’s campus was too integrated with the city. Those two schools haven’t been ruled out but still need to impress Mosley to get back into the running.
He liked where Bowling Green’s campus was located, that there wasn’t “a lot of commotion.” But another MAC school offered all that he wanted. Although he concedes that he has a long way to go in his decision, and he still has a visit planned to Hampton, Buffalo is the current favorite to land Mosley. Even if it is a bit cold for Mosley’s liking.
“It’s too early to tell, but I’ve got my eye on Buffalo,” Mosley said. “The academic rate is high. They’ve got some good majors as far as psychology. It’s three hours away. That’s not that far, but it’s out of the state. And my mom can watch me on TV.
“I liked it but it’s just so cold.”
The Rockets are also heavy contenders for another Buchtel product, defensive end Anthony Clark.
Clark, 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com and ESPN.com, who holds scholarship offers from Toledo, Kent State, Ohio and West Virginia. He’s also getting heavy attention from several BCS schools like Pittsburgh, Louisville, North Carolina State and several others. He would be a major get for Toledo or Kent State, though the BCS pressure might push them out of contention, despite the Rockets being the first to offer Clark. He told ESPN.com’s Brad Bournival during the summer that Toledo was at the top of his list because of the early offer.
He was unavailable for further comment.
Clark does a nice job of getting off of his blocks and is capable against both the run and pass, per ESPN.com’s scouting report. And perhaps his biggest endorsement: He has a strong motor, often a key trait of lineman being heavily recruited by BCS schools. More high-profile offers could be on the way.
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