Monday, February 2, 2009

UNC commit Moss just scraping potential

Defensive end Donte Moss is the only five-star recruit at a North Carolina high school according to, but his high school coach said he has a lot of growing to do to reach his potential.

Moss, who's 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, is a senior at Northside High in Jacksonville who has committed to North Carolina and is expected to sign with the school Wednesday.

"He's just kind of a raw high school player right now," said Northside coach Bob Eason. "He's got all the size and speed, but he can still get bigger and stronger and faster. That would be the biggest thing right now. And then of course his technique at the collegiate level is going to have to be better, and it will be easy for him to improve upon."

Eason said Moss has the potential to put on a lot of weight without losing any of his speed.

"Depending on what defensive scheme (North Carolina uses), I see him being a rush end of some sort," Eason said. "Then he's got the ability to get out in pass coverage, too. I don't know. I'm sure North Carolina has a specific plan and scheme worked up for those type of guys, but he's just a very good athlete."