Clemson is one of the major programs making a strong pitch for 2022 four-star DE Cyrus Moss (6-5 220) of Las Vegas. The Tigers have joined the likes of Florida State, Georgia, UCLA, Mississippi State, Washington, Tennessee, Michigan State, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Arkansas in pursuit of Moss who is ranked the #4 weakside defensive end nationally in the 247Sports Composite, and the #1 prospect in Nevada for 2022.
Moss landed his offer from the Tigers last week.
“I was definitely excited because as you probably know, they take their time,” Moss said. “They like to see if the person fits in to the excellence that they expect at Clemson both on the field and off the field. Again, I was pretty honored for them to see me as a possible fit.”
Moss said he has been talking with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall. They have explained to him what they see in him and how they think he would fit in to their program.
“They like my length, speed and athleticism,” Moss said. “They want to to see how I develop and how I grow and change over this next year to see exactly what position they would like me at. The position I play now is a linebacker, defensive end hybrid, so it would be dependant on what they think and see over the time. Also, my physicality, and they see that coming on. And they’ve seen that drive and that passion to be able to be a guy that’s going to be able to work hard and take pride in it.”
Moss has kept his eyes on Clemson from afar watching on the tube as the Tigers have had their sustained success over the last six seasons. It’s a place and a program where he could see himself succeeding.
“I definitely think I can fit,” Moss said. “Coach told me that they expect high grades. The average GPA was 3.0 and I’ve always held myself to a higher than that. I think I could do good there. And on the field, I’m always one to push myself. The NFL for me is definitely a goal I’m chasing. I think it would definitely be a place that I could uphold that standard.”
One think that grabbed Moss’ attention related to Clemson’s success is how Dabo Swinney has been able to hold things together over the last six years, continuing to win at a high level despite the constant turnover in the roster.
“It definitely said a lot about consistency, and that gives me confidence in the program knowing that they have been doing it the right way, and they are going to continue doing it the right way over this next period of time,” Moss said. “Seeing that the same culture is there and they are continuing to keep it up to that same standard. That’s what gives you confidence.”
Moss plans to release a list of favorites in the next couple of weeks. After that, he plans a deliberate approach on his decision which he doesn’t plan to make until the February Signing Day in 2022. His plan includes taking all five of his official visits.
“I’d love to see another college football season,” Moss said. “I think this one was a little different, a little weird. I definitely would like to see things a little more normal. I’m going to take it up all the way to Signing Day pretty much.”
Moss did not have a season in the fall and is hopeful they’ll have games this spring. In 2019 he 48 tackles with 7 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.