July 20, 2012
James Madison was the first school to offer Jhalil Mosley a scholarship.
That stuck with the rising senior and Friday, Mosley announced his intention to play for the Dukes.
The Monticello quarterback donned a James Madison hat and was all smiles at his announcement Friday at Monticello High School.
Mosley cited the Duke's initial persistence and offensive fit as reasons for his decision. He chose JMU over other offers from VMI and William & Mary.
"They took the time to think about me much more, and offered me first so, I mean, it kind of made my decision a lot easier," Mosley explained. "It's a comfortable fit for me with what (Monticello) Coach (Rodney) Redd and I do down here. Spread, option style, pro style, I mean, it's just basically the same as here down at Monticello."
Mosley, a dual-threat quarterback, totaled over 2,500 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior and was named second-team All-Jefferson District.
His ability to throw and run had people familiar with the JMU program calling it a great fit.
"I think it's an absolute great fit," agreed Redd. "That is one thing that JMU is trying to do. Become a bit more balanced on offense and he definitely has the skill set to make plays with his feet as well as his arm."
With his decision out of the way, Mosley can now focus on leading the Mustangs back to the Region II semifinals before he heads over the mountain to JMU and head coach Mickey Matthews.
"I mean, it makes it a lot easier on me, playing football. I can just go out there and play football and I don't have to worry about my decisions later on. It was just a lot easier getting it out of the way early," Mosley said.
"He's already made the grade and has the test scores that make him eligible to be recruited and to make a big time commitment," redd added. "So it definitely speaks a lot to his athletic and academic achievement at this point."