Jaquavious Moss experienced a full-circle moment before he left West Point this weekend.
Moss committed to Jeff Monken in the coach’s office at the end of his visit.
Army was the first school to offer the Eufaula (Ala.) linebacker last May. Moss didn’t think much on the offer or know much about the academy early in his recruiting process, “I was just like I’m not going there.”
Air Force, UAB and Liberty followed with offers but some of the opportunities, “closed with because of the transfer portal and spots filling up.”
Army inside linebackers coach Justin “Justin” Weaver remained constant and kept recruiting Moss. Finally, Moss visited West Point this weekend. Moss wasn’t thinking about making a decision when he arrived.
“Getting to see the place was really a game changer,” Moss said. “Once I saw it in person and how everything he (Weaver) was telling me was actually true, I had a change in mind. It’s a plus that everyone is closely bonded. I committed because of the brotherhood and the benefits that I receive (with a West Point education) in the future.”
Moss connected with current Army players Dillon Stowers, Joe Stephens and RJ deMadet during his visit. He also broke down defensive film with Weaver and focused on each linebacker’s responsibilities in coverage, blitzes and schemes. Moss believes his skills match perfectly with coordinator Nate Woody’s defense.
“The defense is a very good system to be a part of,” Moss said. “It’s always fun when you have a great mind and defensive coordinator like coach Woody… If I’m being honest, it (the defense) fits perfectly with my play style and how I want to get to the ball.”
Moss has played football since he was five or six years old. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Moss can also throw down dunks on the court. His favorite player is LeBron James.
Moss, a straight-A student, was elected into his school’s Hall of Fame for grades, character and leadership qualities. Outside of sports, his interests are simple, Moss says.
“I just like to help people and make their lives as easy as possible,” Moss said.