Syracuse picked up a gem last week when Rockville (Md.) Georgetown Prep wide receiver Tommy "Rice" Moss decided to join the Orangemen. The two-star athlete talks about why he decided to commit to Syracuse and why he decided to announce early.
“It was just the feeling I had at the school,” he commented. “The environment, the coaches; it just felt good.
“The whole process was kind of stressing me out, and I knew I was going to Syracuse, so I just decided to go ahead and do it. I just felt it.”
The coaches were a big reason for his decision, but no one coach in particular.
“It was just all of them,” he said. “You can tell that they are hard on the players on the field, but friends with them off the field. I like that.” He chose Syracuse over his other two finalists: West Virginia and Illinois.
Rated the No. 15 prospect in the Maryland/D.C. area by Rivals.com, Moss stands 6-foot-3, weighs 200 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, and boasts a 36-inch vertical leap. He helped guide Georgetown Prep to an 8-1 record on the season with 13 touchdowns, including eight through the air and three kickoff returns. He recorded 34 receptions for 700 yards, added 399 return yards, and also rushed for 150 yards.
Moss is an excellent student and will have no problems qualifying academically. He maintains a 3.5 GPA and has already scored a 1,010 on the SAT. He may major in engineering, but said that was the only major he had researched, so his options are still open.