Last season, Monticello High School dual-threat quarterback Jhalil Mosley wowed local crowds while leading the Mustangs to the playoffs. The rising MHS senior could be doing the same thing at the collegiate level soon.
Mosley committed to play for coach Mickey Matthews at James Madison University this week. He will join the program in the fall of 2013.
“I just felt like they were the right fit for me,” Mosley said. “I just got back from a one-day camp up there and I told Coach [Matthews] while I was there that I wanted to play for him.”
Mosley chose the Dukes over three other state schools. VMI, Richmond and William & Mary had also showed interest and offered scholarships around the same time as JMU.
“I really like their campus and they have excellent academics,” said Mosley. “I want to make sure I focus on my school work also because that’s very important to me.”
A breakout season this past fall certainly raised the eyebrows of area coaches and it didn’t take long for the interest to build for the rising Monticello senior. Mosley threw for more than 1,900 yards in his junior season with 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He also racked up 655 yards on the ground and added 10 more touchdowns. Over time, Monticello head coach Rodney Redd thinks Mosley will develop into a true pocket quarterback.
“He needs to play quarterback at the next level,” Redd said. “He’s got all of the skills to be a pocket passer and has great live arm strength. People will definitely start to take notice of that.”
Mosley will still have time to impress Matthews and the JMU staff as he hits the field this fall for his senior season under center at Monticello.
“[Jhalil] still has some individual as well as team goals he has his eyes set on,” Redd said. “He’s a performer, He loves the big game and always flourishes.”
School records are in his sight, and Monticello’s spread-style offense offers plenty of chances for big plays, something Mosley thinks he can also do at the next level.
“They run a similar style offense as we do at Monticello,” Mosley said. “I’ve got a lot of stuff I still want to accomplish in high school and I think next season will prepare me even more for college.”