August 24, 2010

Rebels add junior college tight end

Jamal Mosley wanted to sign with Ole Miss in January.

However, the Rebels didn't have room at the time. Besides, Mosley really didn't want to sit out another season.

So the Memphis native enrolled at Northwest (Miss.) Community College. The Rebels, however, never really left Mosley's thoughts. On Tuesday, three days after taking yet another unofficial visit to Oxford, Mosley committed to Ole Miss.

"Over the last couple of months, I've just been thinking, 'Maybe that should be my home,'" Mosley said Tuesday. "They gave me a chance when I didn't even have a chance. These guys have been with me when my back was against the wall and I wanted to be a part of that family. Coach (Houston) Nutt is a players' coach and my second time around playing D-1 ball, I want a players' coach who understands the players and their experience and a coach who will do anything for his players. I think Coach Nutt is that guy.

"That coaching staff is like a big ole' family. They're all real cool. They care about the players. That stood out to me when I was down there. They're behind their players. Coach Nutt is down to earth and that whole staff is down to earth. That attracted me really."

Mosley said Nutt told him the commitment was "big-time" when the two talked earlier Tuesday.

"He told me he was going to use me a lot and he's happy because I get out (of junior college) in December," Mosley said.

Mosley, a 6-foot-4, 246-pounder, signed with Oklahoma State after his career at Kingsbury High School. He caught five passes for 57 yards before leaving the Cowboys' program for personal reasons just prior to the start of the 2009 season. Mosley said he feels he'll fit into Ole Miss' offense perfectly, but he said the adversity he's been through in the last year has showed him he wants to be a leader when he arrives in Oxford in January.

"I've been through a lot of stuff through this last year," Mosley said. "I just want to pick up my focus on being a leader and lead by example to my teammates. I've been through a lot of stuff and the really young guys don't know what it takes and I do want to be a leader and be productive, really."

Mosley said the experience of leaving Stillwater and looking for a new college home has "made me a whole, whole better person and it's made me appreciate things. …Nothing really happened with the situation at Oklahoma State, but I thought my name was ruined. But I've been recruited by a lot of schools and it feels really good to get a second chance. Second chances are for everybody."

Mosley chose Ole Miss over Mississippi State, Memphis, Arkansas and Arkansas State. He is the 17th prospect to commit to the Rebels' 2011 signing class.

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