Denton (Texas) Ryan five-star defensive end Jarvis Moss is a man of few words. But there are a few things that can really get him going. And one of those things is not being on the field during playoff time.
"It's so frustrating," Moss, who is now up to 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, said. "There is nothing that gets me more mad than having to be a cheerleader. I want to be out there helping the team and sacking that quarterback.
"But instead I've been on the sidelines with a pulled groin. It's kind of a day-to-day thing. It hurts, but it's also a lot better."
His Ryan teammates, lead by at least three other Division I prospects, aren't having too tough of a go without him, though.
In the first round Ryan blitzed Springtown 71-21 and then last Friday they whipped Stephenville 63-45. Ryan faces off against Pampa in the Class 4A Division II Region I semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wichita Fall's Memorial Stadium.
"It's great that they're playing well and doing it without me," Moss said. "But we're giving up a lot of points on defense, and I'm working to get back out there so I can help change that."
It's still touch and go whether or not he'll be back for Saturday's game.
But that's not the only thing that is touch-and-go with Moss. The same is true with his recruitment.
He said he continues to swing back and forth between all of the teams on his list and not much will change until he begins to take his official visits.
And speaking of official visits, there has been one major shake up in that schedule.
Instead of visiting Oklahoma on December 13, like he has had set up for quite some time, Moss has changed that weekend to a visit to Austin for the Longhorns' banquet weekend.
"I'm still going to visit Oklahoma, but I'm not sure when I'm going now," Moss said. "Texas wanted me to come down that weekend, so I am. They're going to have a bunch of guys in, and I thought it'd be fun to be down with a bunch of other recruits."
His January visits remain in tact - with a trip to Florida set for January 10, Miami on January 17 and Florida State on January 24.
"My decision is going to be based off what I see on the visits," he said. "That's the biggest thing for me. The visits and how I feel with the coaches and players will be key."