March 20, 2008

Blazers Target State Champion Quarterback

Clint Mosley knows about success. He has three state championship rings and is working hard this spring on a fourth. Mosley, the starting quarterback from Leroy High School, has been under center for the past two 2-A state championship games. He has come away a winner both times.

Last season he also led his team to the state 2-A baseball championship, hitting .444 with two home runs and 48 rbi's. This season Mosley is 5-0 as a starting pitcher for the number one ranked Bears.

This week Mosley picked up his first scholarship offer--- from UAB. "I knew they were interested but, being from a small town, sometimes it's hard to believe it's going to happen. So I was a little surprised with the timing. I'm going to give them a good look. I really like the coaches up there. I got to know them last year when they were recruiting one or our wide receivers and I was really impressed with them."

Mosley started out as more of a drop back passer but as his offensive skills have developed he has turned into more of a duel threat quarterback. "I had to run some to escape pressure and I did well so the coach started calling my number more," he said. "I started running about ten times a game." As a junior, Mosley ran for 815 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He also passed for 3,400 yards and 26 td's.

The strong 2007 performance led to several awards for Mosley, including the 2-A player of the year and the MVP of the 2-A Super Six Championship Game. The Mobile Press-Register named him the Southwest Alabama offensive player of the year.

Before Mosley makes a decision on college he hopes to add another state football championship to his resume. "We have a realistic chance of playing for the state title next year," he said. "We lost some senior leadership on defense - but we returned our entire defensive line. We do need help at linebacker and in the defensive backfield.

"We lost our fullback, our top wide receiver and our top offensive lineman - but we're going to be strong on offense," Mosley said. "I know Coach will have us strong on defense, too."

Mosley is enjoying his role as leader of the offense. "Two years ago we were a power team. We just lined up and ran over you - but last year we starting spreading it out a little more. We probably passed more than we ran. I look for us to pass it about as much next year."

Even though UAB was the first to offer, Mosley has been hearing from a number of schools. "I've gotten letters from Alabama, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Marshall. I've talked to Memphis and I'm hearing from Duke since they recruited the wide receiver off my team from last year. I'm talking to Central Florida later tonight, but UAB is my first offer."

Qualifying will not be a problem for Mosley. He has a 3.95 GPA and scored a 23 on his ACT.

Though gifted in two sports, Mosley figures to concentrate on only one sport in college. "I think it will be challenging enough just to play one sport," he said. UAB coaches are hoping he decides to bring that focus and success to the Southside for the 2009 season.

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