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Things picking up for Moss

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Avery Moss has offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Washington and the Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol defensive end said he's optimistic another offer could be close to coming.
Nebraska is the latest school to show interest in Moss, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect who said he wants to wait until after his senior season to make his college decision.
"I talked to the Nebraska coach and everything," Moss said. "He said they really like my game and how I play and they really want to offer me but first they're going to come out to Arizona for spring practice and they want to get to know me as a person and a player.
"That's big. Even though I don't know too much about college football I know about that program and I know I'll always have a friend there because they recruited Todd Peat over there so that makes me feel welcome. I'm just excited the offers are still rolling in."
Washington is the latest offer for Moss, who said he was surprised by the Huskies getting involved because he hadn't heard much at all from the coaching staff. Still, it's another important Pac-10 offer to consider as his recruitment moves forward.
"It was weird because they never showed any sign of recruiting me," Moss said of Washington. "They were non-existent in my life and then they sent me something and I called them and out of nowhere they said they saw my game film and they wanted to offer me. It came out of the blue."
Arizona and Arizona State have both positives and negatives according to Moss, who said he'd prefer to leave home for college but that both schools are so appealing that staying in-state will remain an option throughout his senior year.
The Wildcats had emerged as a favorite mainly because of Moss' relationship with defensive coordinator Tim Kish but the Tempe standout said he's going to consider all options and not get involved with naming favorites all the time.
Stanford, USC, Purdue, UCLA, Oregon and Arkansas have started to show interest as well.
"Arizona State is a good and bad thing because I'm trying to get away from home but then again it's like right down the street so it's good and bad," Moss said. "I think they're one of the top defenses and that's definitely something I'm looking into because I want to go to a good program.
"With U of A it's far enough from home where it's comfortable and I can always come back and it's close enough where if something goes wrong I'm not that far away. I have a really good relationship with coach Kish down there. I like him as a person and a coach and coach (Mike) Stoops is a great guy. It feels like a good family environment for me.
"The favorite was U of A but now it's starting to even out. I'm looking at everything with where I want to go including family and education."
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