Three-star safety Shane Mosley has announced his commitment to Maryland football, just one day after receiving an offer.
Committed... pic.twitter.com/0RKKkqER3o— Shane Mosley (@_shanemosley3) June 20, 2019
Interest between Mosley and Locksley’s new staff started in January during an unoffical visit, but the coaches wanted to see Mosley work out at a camp before extending an offer. That chance came Wednesday, when Mosley impressed coaches in group drills as well as measurable tests and earned an offer on the spot, which he quickly accepted.
Mosley is a three-star prospect on 247Sports, but doesn’t currently have a rating on the industry-generated composite. He becomes the 13th commitment in the Terrapins’ Class of 2020, which moves up to No. 27 in the country and stands at seventh in the Big Ten. This is also the seventh commitment secured by Mike Locksley and his staff in the month of June, and fifth in the last seven days.
“[Maryland] offered six safeties with one spot,” Mosley told Testudo Times about why now was the time to pledge his commitment. “I love this school, my parents love this school, so I feel like it’s the best time now for me to commit now and get a definite spot.” He originally had plans to commit in early August, but did not want to risk someone else taking that final spot.
Shane’s older brother, Jordan, is a rising sophomore linebacker for the Terps who played in 10 games during his freshman season. He totaled 29 tackles, 18 of which were solo tackles, and recorded a career-high six tackles against Penn State.
“[Jordan] said he really likes the school as a whole; the academics, the football program and also the students that go there,” said Shane about his brother’s role in talking up Maryland. “He also said that [Locksley] is a winning coach and will definitely bring a winning culture with all the coaches that he’s bringing in and the players that he’s recruiting.”
Similar to Jordan, Shane plays on both sides of the ball at Haverford High School, which he said allows him to generate more headlines and attention with his play. He plays an instinctive game on defense, reading quarterbacks and receivers with ease to make decisions, while also being quick to defend passes or step up and lay a hard hit on a ball carriers. Playing on the offensive end allowed him to show off his track speed as well as his ability to catch the ball with consistency.
“My game is versatile,” Mosley said. “I feel like you could put me at corner, because my coverage skills are elite, put me at free safety, sit back there and run downhill to hit someone, or maybe put me at strong safety in the box because I’m definitely a physical tackler.”
Mosley is listed by many outlets as a cornerback while also playing wide receiver in high school, but noted that Maryland and specifically defensive coordinator Jon Hoke recruited him as a safety.
Other programs pushing for Mosley included Army, Massachussetts and a number of FCS schools. Having former Maryland coaches like Walt Bell and Azaar Abdul-Rahim made UMass an attractive option, but the Terps could not be passed up.
“I see everyone’s a four-star, five-star, 20 offers, and I feel like i’m better than anybody with those offers,” Mosley added about playing with a chip on his shoulder. “I feel like I have to work double as hard as I am now to prove them coaches wrong.”
In the fall, Mosley will be looking to help lead his school to its first-ever league title and playoff win, and will be visiting College Park more as well. He plans to sign in December during the early signing period and enroll early at Maryland in order to be on campus next spring.