April 10, 2008

Moses enjoying the process

The connection between Morgan Moses and Tennessee's revamped offensive coaching staff isn't a new thing.

In fact Moses, an increasingly sought-after four-star offensive lineman from Richmond, Va.'s, Meadowbrook High School, first met new UT offensive coordinator Dave Clawson and wide receivers coach Latrell Scott three years ago as a high school freshman. Moses attended a football camp at the University of Richmond, where Clawson was in the process of etching a national coach of the year campaign and Scott, recruiting Moses, was blossoming as a position coach.

"I actually met (Scott) and Coach Clawson at a Richmond camp my ninth-grade year," said the 6-foot-7, 345-pounder.

What has most impressed Moses -- now with seven offers from BCS schools including Tennessee -- about Scott is the straightforward approach the 31-year-old Scott has delivered during the recruiting process.

"He (Scott) is real down to earth. He don't beat around the bush about nothing," Moses said. "He gets straight to the point. I appreciate it. I don't like sugarcoated things. I wouldn't want anybody to sugarcoat it to me."

Similarly, Moses doesn't sugarcoat the recruiting season -- which is at once both hectic and rewarding for the nimble giant, who also plays AAU basketball.

"The recruiting process right now is real good," Moses said. "It's going strong. It's kind of tiring, but it's coming along and I'm having fun with that.

"I try to have as much fun as possible. It's a big step and I've just got to enjoy it because I might not be able to get letters and be unlucky. But I'm lucky right now."

But it's Moses' work ethic that has as much to do with that so-called luck as anything. He's working hard in the weight room, lifting and running with teammates during a weight training class and after school, in addition to his basketball exercise.

Additionally, the down-to-earth Moses would rather focus on what he wants to improve rather than his perceived strengths.

"Well, I have some strengths but there's always time to improve on everything," said Moses, who outgrew his 6-foot-4 father, who played collegiate ball at Virginia State, a few years ago. "I want to continue working on my speed, takeoff explosion, pass blocking. The big things that linemen need."

Though not listing any leaders at this point, Moses intends to visit UT -- likely as soon as this weekend's scrimmage that serves as prelude to the April 19 Orange and White game. He's looking forward to checking out the facilities, and Neyland Stadium, as well as the campus.

"It all plays as to the people, students, the coaching staff of course, and you'll get that feeling when you're at the right place," Moses said.

The Vols are hoping that getting Moses, ranked No. 217 on the Rivals.com 250, on campus is a step in the right direction.

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