Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman athlete Cyrus Moss is among the most versatile defensive players in the country and is hoping to schedule a few of his official visits shortly.
Moss is currently rated the No. 53 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite and No. 26 in the Top247. He’s rated as a weak side defensive end but has the ability to play about 2-3 positions in college.
We’ve been watching Moss since middle school and it has been fun to see his physical transformation over the last few years. We saw him over the weekend at the Pylon 7on7 tournament in Mesquite, Nevada and he looked all go 6-5 and a rock solid 225 pounds.
As a freshman, Moss was a 6-2, 175 pound safety and has continued to grow, fill out and when you look at him, it doens’t look like he’s even close to tapping out. He has the frame to easily add another 25-30 pounds and could end up an edge rusher when he hits college.
Moss plays inside linebacker at 7v7 events and shows good lateral mobility, closing speed and is one of the more physical players you’ll see. At the next level, he’s an outside ‘backer or as mentioned, grows in to an edge rusher and we love his upside and could see him as a dominant pass rusher.
He cut his list of schools down to five earlier this month, which included Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Oregon.
“I’m going to set up my visits pretty soon here,” Moss said. “I’m going to take three in June and the other two will be during the season on game weekends.
“The June visits will be to ASU, Oregon and Notre Dame and I’ll do Clemson and Florida on game weekends. The plan is to take those trips, then sit back and evaluate all my schools before making a decision sometime in October or November and I’ll be signing in December.”
Moss broke down what stands out about each of his finalists;
ASU– “ASU is the only school I’ve been to among my five. It was awhile ago but I liked it there and I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff. They have a ton of knowledge and NFL experience and that’s where I’m trying to get to. AP (Antonio Pierce) is my lead recruiter and he’s a great guy and I’ve had great conversations with him and coach Rodriguez a well. I just really like the direction they’re going in and I think I would fit in really well there.”
Clemson– “Clemson is a very consistent program and you go there, you know you’re going to be competing to make the playoff every year. They have a great staff that has been there for a long time and you can tell everyone is on the same page with the same common goals. They want to develop you as a player but as a person too. They do a great job getting guys to the League (NFL) and with a school like Clemson, you go in knowing you’re going to win a lot of games and have a great chance to be drafted so they’re an exciting option for me.”
Florida– “I like the scheme fit at Florida and the track record they have for putting edge rushers in to the League (NFL). You can go back 10 years and that has always been a dominant position for them and I can see it really easily how well I would fit in there. Coach Mullen is a great head coach and coach Grantham is one of the best defensive coordinators in the country. The whole staff has a lot of knowledge and I’m excited to get out there for a visit. I’ll be going during the season on a game weekend and I know the atmosphere out there is going to be incredible.”
Oregon– “I like Oregon a lot and they’re recruiting me really hard. They make it personal and when we talk, it’s not just about football, I feel like I can talk with those coaches about anything. Coach DeRuyter is my lead recruiter and he’s a great guy and I’ve talked with coach Cristobal and a few others as well. Scheme wise, I think I fit in really well. All the schools have compared me to someone there to give me an idea of how I would be used and with Oregon, It’s Kayvon Thibodeaux. He’s an edge rusher who will play some linebacker this year but they see me rushing the quarterback and that’s something I’ve very excited about.”
Notre Dame– “Notre Dame has been on me for a long time and I have good relationships with the coaches there. I talked with coach Lea before he went to Vandy and now it’s coach Freeman. Notre Dame has one of the best combinations of academics and football and it’s just a good all around fit for me.They have had a lot of success getting players drafted and I think I would fit in well there. They just had Jeremiah (Owusu-Koramoah) there and feel I’m similar in terms of versatility and being an edge rusher so I’m excited to get out there.”
Moss said scheme fit and development are big factors in his decision.
“All the schools see me as a hybrid outside linebacker/pass rusher and that’s what I’m comfortable with,” Moss said. “That was one of the reasons those five schools made my list, because I like the scheme fit and how I’ll be used.
“Development is big for me too. I want to find a school where I’ll be comfortable with the coaching I’ll be getting and where I can learn and get better.”