Monday, April 21, 2014 · 8:29 a.m.
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OL/DL signee Charles Mosley is UT's biggest player at 362 pounds. (Photo: College Football America Yearbook/Kendall Webb)

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.

Rankings: 

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):

ATH Vic Wharton (3-star)

OL Coleman Thomas (3-star)

DB Todd Kelly (4-star)

WR/ATH Neiko Creamer (3-star)

RB Jalen Hurd (4-star)

RB Treyvon Paulk (3-star)

CB D'Andre Payne (4-star)

TE Ethan Wolf (4-star)

TE Daniel Helm (4-star)

OL Orlando Brown (3-star)

K Aaron Medley (3-star)

DE Joe Henderson (3-star)

(JUCO) LB Chris Weatherd (4-star)

LB Gavin Bryant (4-star)

LB Jerome Dews (3-star)

LB Dillon Bates (4-star)

DB Cortez McDowell (4-star)

OL Ray Raulerson (3-star)

DB RaShaan Gaulden (3-star)

LB Kevin Mouhon (4-star)

(JUCO) DL DaVonte Lambert (4-star)

CB Emmanuel Moseley (3-star)

(JUCO) OL Dontavius Blair (4-star)

DL Derek Barnett (4-star)

(JUCO) WR Lavon Pearson (4-star)

DE Dewayne Hendrix (4-star)

CB/ATH Evan Berry (4-star)

ATH Elliott Berry (3-star)

DL Dimarya Mixon (3-star)

DL Cory Thomas (3-star)

(JUCO) DL Owen Williams (3-star)

LB Jakob Johnson (3-star)

WR Josh Malone (4-star)

DT Charles Mosley (4-star)

Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee football for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga

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