Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either. That said, the hype is building for a pair of games this year: The first is on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium and home of the Dallas Cowboys. The second is on Jan. 9 at Raymond James Stadium and home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
E.J. Moss from Ashville (AL) receives a second look in this space, a worthy nod indeed. A member of the Class of 2014, he was a force to be reckon with and was considered for Defensive MVP as West defeated East, 41-7, in the game at AT&T Stadium.
Texas Tech commit Patrick Mahomes was among the well-known figures in attendance, along with Auburn commit Kamryn Pettway, Cal commit Vic Enwere, Louisville commit London Iakopo, Rice commit James Mayden and SEC target Lonnie Johnson.
Moss proved himself back then. Here and now, it’s status quo as the 6-foot-3 and 260-pound redshirt sophomore defensive lineman for Jacksonville State will be in action on Nov. 7 against Eastern Illinois in an Ohio Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. (EST).
In the fourth game of the season, Moss opened up plenty of eyes with four tackles and two sacks in a 48-41 conference victory over UT Martin. The week before, it was two tackles and a fumble recovery in a 48-13 conference victory over Tennessee State.
After not seeing much of the field as a freshman, it appears as if he might have turned the corner. To think, a short time ago, he lined up for the All-American Bowl in Texas. That said, it comes as little, or no, surprise to see his success with the Gamecocks.