Published Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm / Updated at 4:13 pm
football
Huskers saw strengths others didn't in Texas cornerback

LINCOLN — As of last week, schools like Texas-San Antonio and Texas State weren't ready to offer a scholarship to Pflugerville, Texas, cornerback Trai Mosley.

So even though he'd run a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at Nebraska's football camp and impressed occasionally hard-to-please defensive backs coach Terry Joseph, Mosley couldn't quite believe the words coming out of Joseph's mouth Friday afternoon while the two watched film.

A full-ride scholarship. Mosley's first. Where smaller schools had been skeptics, the Huskers were ready to sign up.

“I was like, 'Dang, did that just happen?'” Mosley said Sunday. “It didn't really hit me until later on Friday night.”

Once it did, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Mosley accepted Nebraska's offer. The two-star prospect, according to Rivals and 247Sports, moved from off the radar to squarely on it. Right after Mosley called Joseph, SMU — knowing only that Mosley had a Husker offer — called Mosley and offered him on the spot. Texas State did the same.

Mosley said he wouldn't be surprised if Baylor and Houston soon follow suit. They'll be too late, Mosley said, because of Joseph, who evaluated Mosley in the spring and “has always been straight up with me.

“You go to some camps and they tell you things to get you there and you don't get an offer,” said Mosley, who plays for Hendrickson High School. “Coach Joseph's been real down to earth.”

Nebraska homework will be rewarded, Hendrickson coach Chip Killian said, with a player who packs a big punch for his short frame.

“He's a got a 300-pound bench press,” Killian said. “He's extremely strong. Long arms. Best feet of any corner I've coached in a long time. And he'll hit you in the mouth.”

It was that tackling ability — plus a comfort with both man-to-man and zone coverage styles — that caught Joseph's eye, Mosley said. Joseph told Mosley he played like junior NU corner Josh Mitchell, the 5-11, 160-pounder who started eight games last season.

“I know I like to hit,” Mosley said. “I'm not scared of anybody.”

So why the hesitation of other schools? Killian figured most teams saw a height and weight on a recruiting profile and passed.

“When you look at a sheet of paper, and he's just another corner,” Killian said.

Because Hendrickson has several other college prospects — including four-star running back and Oklahoma commit Samaje Perine — coaches would see Mosley on film and immediately ask who he was.

But Nebraska sent Joseph and linebackers coach Ross Els at different times to get a bead on just how much potential Mosley had. NU extended a camp invite, Mosley arrived, tested well and became a commit at a much-needed spot for the Huskers, who lose corners Ciante Evans, Andrew Green, Mo Seisay and Stanley Jean-Baptiste to graduation after this season.

Mosley joins Jason Hall as a defensive back commit for the 2014 class. Like Mosley, Hall was a lightly-recruited corner in Texas before NU got his commitment. Now Hall has Texas and Oklahoma offers, too.

Killian expects Mosley will get plenty of attention now, especially from in-state schools that want to pitch the “stay home” angle.

“But they've already seen him twice,” Killian said. “Nebraska knew what they saw was a good player.”

Contact the writer:

402-202-9766, sam.mckewon@owh.com, twitter.com/swmckewonOWH

Contact the writer: Sam McKewon

sam.mckewon@owh.com    |   402-219-3790    |  

Sam McKewon covers Nebraska football for The World-Herald. Got a tip, question or rant? Good. Email him. Follow him on Twitter. Call him.

PHOTO GALLERY AND VIDEO »

 

< >
SPOTLIGHT »
2013 college football preview
View our 2013 college football preview, a 26-page, three-part section filled with coverage of the Huskers, Big Ten conference and more.
Big Red Bowl Retrospective
See complete historical results, game recaps and photo coverage from the Nebraska Cornhuskers college football bowl game appearances, from the 1941 Rose Bowl up to today.
Big Ten football recruits
The World-Herald's Big Ten recruiting database contains every football recruit that signed with a Big Ten school from 2002 to 2011, complete with color-coded interactive map representations, player information, high-concentrations recruiting clusters and more.
Devaney Center timeline
Check out a World-Herald timeline to see the evolution of memorable moments at the Devaney Center, complete with photos, videos, memorable quotes and more.
Follow OWHbigred on Twitter
Looking for the latest Husker sports news from The Omaha World-Herald and Omaha.com? Follow us on Twitter!
Husker scholarship distribution chart
Want to see how many scholarships NU has invested at each position? Wondering how the Huskers have appropriated their offers by class? Check out our handy chart to look further into how Bo Pelini has built his team.
Husker Signing Day 2013
The World-Herald's top-notch coverage of the Nebraska football's class of 2013, complete with videos, photos, articles, live recruit interviews, interactive components and more.
Husker turnovers: A slippery slope
Bo Pelini has coached 68 games at Nebraska. When NUís turnover margin is positive or even, the Huskers are 35-2. When they lose the turnover battle, theyíre 13-18. Why hasnít Nebraska joined the nationís elite? More than anything, itís turnovers.
Interactive: Bo Pelini's contract
View an interactive PDF of Pelini's revised contract signed by the NU football coach, complete with brief summaries of the legalese and insight into the document's finer points.
Interactive: Darin Erstad's contract (2012)
View an interactive PDF of NU baseball coach Darin Erstad's contract released in August 2012, complete with brief summaries of the legalese and insight into the document's finer points.
Interactive: Tim Miles' contract
View an interactive PDF of Tim Miles' contract signed by the Nebraska men's basketball coach on May 4, 2012, complete with brief legal explanations, comparisons to other Big Ten coaches and more.
Omaha.com's Big Ten coverage
Delivering the best news coverage and analysis of the Big Ten Conference, from Omaha.com and other top news outlets from around country.
Husker Recruiting: Changes shrink NU's sphere of influence
For decades, the Great Plains represented fertile recruiting ground for Tom Osborne's football program. Restoring that lost tradition won't be easy.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
The Jaipur in Rockbrook Village
Half Off Fine Indian Cuisine & Drinks! $15 for Dinner, or $7 for Lunch
Buy Now
BRT ON TWITTER »
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT »
< >