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An Interview with Matthew Mosley

Each year we at OTP attempt to reach out to the incoming Cardinals to try and pull back the curtain a bit on the future of this program. Last season, we were fortunate to touch base with the likes of Connor Ryan, Zane Fakes, Kitt O’Brien, Jason Pinkston, Ethan Buckles, and Eric Williams, and this season, it begins again anew with the current group of recruits chomping at the bit to get into Cardinal and White.

Today’s guest in the OTP interview spotlight is Matthew Mosley, who joins the Cardinals from Chicago’s Morgan Park High School. The 6’2″ 231-lb. LB/DE was instrumental in the success of Morgan Park this season, leading the Mustangs to a 9-3 record, a 6-0 conference record, and a city and conference championship. For his efforts, Mosley was also selected to the All Prairie State Conference team and was honorable mention on the All State selections. When it comes to athletics, Mosley is far from limited to football, as he also placed 4th in the state as a junior discus hurler on the track team.

Mosley garnered a two star ranking on Scout.com as well as Rivals.com, and he joins his teammate Brian Jones who also committed to the Cardinals after a successful Morgan Park career.

OverThePylon: Can you sort of recap your experience getting recruited to play Division 1 college football and which BSU coaches were your chief recruiters? What were some of the schools that showed major interest? What were the schools you considered heading to?
Matthew Mosley: It was exciting having so many people feel that I can be a part of something that they feel is so great, but tough to make the decision on the school. Ball State, Toledo, Central Michigan, Wyoming, and San Jose State are schools that pushed, and called wanting me up on campus. I’m very happy with my final choice of becoming a Cardinal!!

OTP: Everyone knows last season was a challenging one for the Cardinals. How does that motivate you going forward for success on the gridiron?
MM: Yes, makes me want to work to come in and actually contribute as a freshman. Young teams tend to be the best teams in the future, Ball State will be that team.

OTP: As an athletic defensive end, a position where the Cards lost a ton of talent last season, do you see yourself contributing right away for BSU?
MM: I feel my work ethic can put me on the field early. Just have to come through being hard-nose, explosive and smart while still being a student of the game, and in the class room.

OTP: Your teammate Brian Jones also committed to the Cardinals. Can you talk a little bit about what it will be like having a familiar face around as the rigors of D1 football start?
MM: It won’t be a particular feeling, I met everyone on my official visit, but it’s great to have him on my side in college as well.

OTP: What do you feel like is the biggest adjustment you’ll need to make to be successful in the transition from the high school level to the collegiate level?
MM: Speed, speed, and speed!! And using more technique because on this level I’m not the biggest guy anymore.

OTP: This incoming class is another in a long line of solid recruiting classes for the Cards. What are your thoughts about class chemistry? Have you been able to connect with many of your fellow future Cardinals?
MM: Honestly couldn’t say. We were together on official and everyone gelled great. Doubt if we have any friction. As soon as we get on field those my brothers ride or die as well as off; These my brothers for the next four years, we will need each other more than we know.

OTP: What things are you considering majoring in at Ball State? Looking forward to the academic side of the house?
MM: Sports med is a major that catches my eye, and psychology. I’m really looking forward to academics, and how I handle it.

OTP: Most of our readers know quite a bit about your football prowess on the field. Any hobbies or talents off the field that would surprise some folks?
MM: I just started learning the piano a little bit, and I sing in my school chorus!

OTP: Anything to say to the Cardinals fans who will have the privilege of watching you over the next few years?
MM: I won’t let you down I will work hard day in and out to be an impact on this team. And I will give you versatility at both the linebacker and defensive end position. Go Cards!!

A large and in charge football player who plays the piano and sings… could this be LaVar Charleston reincarnated? Time will tell, but kudos and thanks to Matthew for the interview. After watching some film on him, this is one of those players who has landed at Ball State at a great time, where the defensive end position has some shifting, and he possesses a wealth of talent. Keep on eye on him… and to do that, look into the opponent’s backfield.

Other 2010 Recruit Interviews: QB: Keith Wenning | S: Aaron Morris | TE: David Schneider | OL: Jordan Hansel

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