Here’s a sampling of what high school teammates had to say about the mysterious recruiting case of Thaddeus Moss, the son of future NFL Hall of Fame member Randy Moss:
“He doesn’t do a lot of talking.”
“He keeps it all a secret.”
“He talks to us about it a little bit, but he doesn’t say too much.”
Moss, a 4-star tight end and the No. 9 player in the country at the position according to Rivals.com, has more than 30 offers, with the latest coming Thursday from Texas A&M. He is listed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, and will lineup at tight end, in the slot or out wide for Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte.
He’s also the son of an NFL legend. Just before the season began, Thaddeus Moss named his top six schools on Twitter — and UGA was among them. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Athens, Ga., the weekend Hurricane Joaquin helped cause massive flooding in South Carolina, but canceled.
In the past week, Moss canceled an official visit to USC and one to UCLA, though he said on Twitter that he will reschedule with the Bruins. The other three teams in his top six were Arizona State, Nebraska and N.C. State, which he visited this past weekend.
He can do it all at the tight end position — he blocks, he goes over the middle and he’s fantastic in the red zone. He also doesn’t often talk to the media about where he might play football in college.
“The thing about Thad is, he’s a real good guy,” Mallard Creek teammate Grant Gibson. “He’s real cool, but he just feels like any time he does (interviews) stuff gets blow out of proportion, like someone will say, ‘This is his top school,’ but Thad didn’t say that. He doesn’t mean any harm. That’s just how he feels.”
The extra attention Moss receives for being the son of an NFL great isn’t just from fans or the media. During Mallard Creek’s first game this season, an opposing player lined up Moss for a massive hit on a pass across the middle. It was a brutal collision, but a couple plays later there was Moss in the corner of the end zone leaping over a defender for a highlight-reel catch.
“When he first showed up, even I was like, ‘Wow,’” Gibson said. “But the thing is if you didn’t know who his dad is, you’d just think he was one of us. Out here, at school, he just acts like the rest of us.”
It’s not just UGA and Texas A&M among SEC teams that have pursued Moss. He has reported offers from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt as well. He’s certainly one of the most fascinating 2016 recruits to watch, and it’s not just because of his famous father.
After Mallard Creek’s practice ended this past Thursday, Moss grabbed his quarterback and wanted to work on catching fade patterns in the end zone … with one hand.
“He can really catch a football, probably has the best hands of anyone we’ve had in a long time here. Really turning into a great blocker and a leader in the locker room too,” Mallard Creek coach Mike Palmieri said. “He’s open. He’s got a bunch of offers. I know he’s got a couple visits set up. He’ll make a good decision. He’s smart.”