KNOXVILLE – A 5-7 season on the field has proven to be virtually no obstacle for Tennessee coach Butch Jones when it comes to having success on the recruiting trail.
Less than a week after landing the commitment of five-star receiver Josh Malone, the Vols picked up a pledge from massive lineman Charles Mosley, another top in-state player who chose the Vols on Monday over elite programs such as Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. Mosley had a Tennessee-themed hair style to help announce his decision.
The 6-foot-5, 350-pound prospect from Brighton, Tenn., could end up on either side of the ball for the Vols. He might fill a role similar to the departing Daniel McCullers as a three-technique defensive tackle or could project as an interior offensive lineman.
“A prospect that possesses excellent height and carries a great deal of bulk on his frame,” ESPN.com wrote in a scouting report. “Does need to watch how he adds additional size and could likely benefit from reworking his body composition some and playing a little lighter. Flashes a good initial burst for his size.
“Mosley has little trouble manhandling his current competition, but also looks to quite often enjoy a big size difference and needs to continue to develop his technique. Has some limitations, but can be a tough and stout presence as an interior player.”
The West Tennessee native visited UT many times and eventually narrowed his choices down to Tennessee and Alabama before ultimately choosing the Vols at a ceremony at his school on Friday. He was invited to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Thursday and was also a finalist for the Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Football Award.
Mosley is the 34th commitment in Tennessee’s 2014 signing class.
How he fits: Mosley could end up on either side of the line for Tennessee. Regardless, he’ll likely be a prospect who needs some conditioning and work in the weight room before he’s ready to be a major factor at UT.
In most cases a redshirt would be appropriate for a player like Mosley, but with UT’s deficiencies on both sides of the line, he might be called upon to play some sort of role immediately.
Tennessee is only scheduled to return two true offensive guards – Marcus Jackson and Dylan Wiesman, so Mosley could clearly be used for depth there. But it’s not a lot better at defensive tackle, where the Vols will lose starters Daniel Hood and Daniel McCullers and will be forced to rely on mostly inexperienced players and newcomers.
ESPN.com: 3-star; 43rd ranked DT
Rivals.com: 3-star; 21st ranked OG
Scout.com: 4-star; 26th ranked DT
247Sports.com: 4-star; 18th ranked DT
247Sports.com Composite: 4-star; 25th ranked DT
Tennessee’s 2014 commitments (247Sports Composite ranking):
DT Charles Mosley (4-star)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga
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