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June 22, 2012It's going to be a busy weekend for O'Fallon (Ill.) cornerback Darius Mosely. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect will travel to Austin, Texas on Friday to begin preparation with the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team for the IFAF Under-19 World Championships on June 30-July 7th.
On Saturday, the high three-star talent will make his college decision after a recruiting process that has seen over a dozen FBS scholarships come his way including several from the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC.
Mosely recently cut down his list to a group of schools including Vanderbilt, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan State.
Mosely broke down the reasons why he's considering each finalist with VandySports.com on Thursday night.
"Vanderbilt- great academics, SEC, chance for early playing time, good staff."
"Illinois- good academics, chance for early playing time, in-state school, good staff."
"Iowa- produce a lot of NFL talent."
"Michigan State: previous football program has been very successful."
Mosely has long been a top cornerback target for Vanderbilt. The staff offered early in the recruiting process and has been consistent with it's attention on the play-making defender.
Mosely visited Nashville during the Commodores Super Saturday event in late March, but then made a surprise return visit to Vanderbilt on June 15th to get a second look at the school.
Academics and early playing time seem to be the top factors that will go into his decision.
"The academics there are very high, it's a top notch school academically and as far as the football goes, they were 6-6 last year and they play in the SEC," Mosely said about VU in May. "They were also able to make it to a bowl game last year as well, so they are a team that's coming up and rising."
Mosely earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior at O'Fallon in 2011, playing both safety and receiver. He posted 37 tackles and five interceptions, including three he returned for touchdowns. He also caught 33 passes for 665 yards and five scores as the Panthers went 10-2 and reached the quarterfinals of the Class 7A state playoffs.
A multi-sport athlete at O'Fallon. He played guard for the Panthers basketball team this winter and he's been a track athlete, participating in events such as the 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles. He's also been on several relay teams at O'Fallon.
Mosely also carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom and participates in several other extra curricular events.
Vanderbilt currently has 13 public verbal commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. The group ranks 16th nationally according to Rivals.com.
One of Mosely's teammates on the USA U-19 National team will be recent Vanderbilt defensive back commitment Darrius Sims of Memphis Whitehaven.
Mosely's announcement is slated for 1 p.m. CST on Saturday. Stay tuned to VandySports.com for the latest on his recruitment.