April 9, 2008

Moses is growing into a star

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HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. - Although he's easily one of the largest prospects on the East Coast in the 2009 recruiting class, 6-foot-7, 347-pound offensive tackle Morgan Moses out of Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook hasn't always been the biggest player on the field. In fact, Moses was a running back when he first stepped foot on the gridiron as a youngster.

"Actually, I was pressured into football by my dad when I was five," he said. "He was a big football player for John Marshall High School and Virginia State University.

"I originally played flag football and was a running back in my first game. I was kind of short back then. I took off from there and grew a ton. In sixth grade I was 5-foot-6 and taller than everybody.

"Then in ninth grade I was 6-foot-4 and now I'm 6-foot-7."

It didn't take long for Moses to fall in love with football.

"I love football because it allowed me to hit people and I wouldn't get in trouble for it," he said. "Over the years it hasn't just been about hitting people, I've gotten a lot of help from my dad. Now he'll pull me aside and tell me things."

The Meadowbrook star reflected on growing up bigger than everybody else.

"Being young and taller it was funny, but I didn't feel odd about it at all," he said. "I never had problems playing rec football. The only thing that happened was my mom always had to bring my birth certificate since I looked so much older than I was.

"Back then I played with my brother who was a year ahead of me. We were both big and my mom brought birth certificates for both of us."

And at one point some creative jersey construction was needed.

"They had to sew two jerseys together for me," he said. "I forget exactly what year that was but the biggest they had didn't come close to fitting. I'm wearing a 4XL now and it's a little tight, but that's fine. Players can't hold me up as much because they can't grab any jersey."

Part of Moses' success on the field as a big man comes from quick feet.

"I play basketball so I think that helps," he said. "And I'm always working on my footwork and trying to get quicker in pass protection."

On his Rivals questionnaire, Moses didn't list any favorites at all.

"I have offers from a lot of schools - Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson and a bunch of others but I don't have any favorites," he said. "I want to be open minded to all the schools that offer me and take my time to make the right decision."

Of course with his size and ability, interest has grown exponentially for the Rivals250 prospect. All that attention has certainly caught Moses off-guard.

"I never expected this," he said. "When I was younger I had hoped for college and possibly the NFL. Hopefully I'll be there one day.

"I knew things were starting to grow when I got two offers from opposite schools on the same day, but it's not just me. It's my team and teammates."

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