July 20, 2009

Arkansas TE grabs Ohio State's attention

When it comes to Ohio State's recruitment of tight ends in 2010, from the outsider's point of view things could probably be going a little better for the Buckeyes.

After all, two of Ohio State's biggest tight end recruits in Alex Welch (Notre Dame) and C.J. Fiedorowicz (Illinois) have committed elsewhere, seemingly leaving the Buckeyes without a lot of options at the position.

Perception isn't always reality.

Previously thought of as a lower-key prospect at tight end, Little Rock (Ark.) Christian tight end Dakota Mosley has stormed onto the scene with some big offers from Auburn and most recently Tennessee.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound tight end, now, could be one of Ohio State's top targets at the position.

"Everything is going really well. I got an offer from Auburn like a month ago and last week Tennessee gave me an offer," Mosley said. "It feels great because a lot of people dream of having that and it is something I am thankful for."

As exciting as picking up two big SEC offers is, Mosley may be anticipating another offer from a different conference soon. That offer could be coming from the Big Ten's Ohio State.

"Hopefully I am looking for a couple more offers," Mosley said. "I have two pretty big ones that I am satisfied with, but some more would really be nice. Ohio State might offer. They called me and told me that they are looking at three tight ends and they are probably going to take two and one of them went to Notre Dame or something like that.

"They told me I am in the top three, so that is one of the schools (I am looking for an offer from)," Mosley said.

And if the Buckeye offer eventually comes through for the senior-to-be tight end, the Buckeyes will undoubtedly have Mosley's attention.

"I am very interested in Ohio State," Mosley said. "It is a top program and Coach (Jim Tressel) is a really good coach that always has them at the top every year. I may take an official visit up there, but even if they didn't offer me I would still want to go check it out if they have anything to talk about or if they had an offer."

Mosley has developed a pretty solid relationship with Ohio State tight ends coach John Peterson, as the two talk on a regular basis.

"We probably speak twice a month," Mosley said. "Ohio State has been recruiting me pretty hard and we talk about how he wants me to come out and check out the school and that he likes the way I play at tight end and that I fit their style of offense pretty well."

With Mosley's size, he has naturally been a good blocker, but receiving isn't something that is out of his realm, either. In fact, Mosley said his high school coach plans on moving him out to play some receiver in his senior season.

"This year I am going to be a receiver. An outside receiver," Mosley said. "I will play a lot of tight end, too. I am expecting to be more of a Hybrid tight end that blocks and catches, because I would like to catch the ball too, some playing receiver could help me with that."

Ohio State hasn't yet come through with an offer for Mosley, but if they do, the tight end said they would "probably make it into my top two."

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