Mosley the Next James Atoe?

Tyshon 'House' Mosley (FoxSportsNEXT.com)

Washington did it with James Atoe three years ago; are they going to do it with Tyshon Mosley for 2013? Dawgman.com spoke this weekend with the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Mosley, nicknamed 'House', who plays guard for Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah, and the current Utah State commit has re-opened the recruiting process to include other schools, Washington among them.

"It was a great experience," Mosley said after Team Utah took down Team Washington 38-20 Saturday night in the Tanoa Bowl at Auburn High School. "I knew a lot of people that came last year but I was an underclassman so I couldn't come. But they said it was a great experience. My coach asked me to come with him and of course I came. It's been good, it's been really good."

Mosley's trip to Washington this past week was a dry run of sorts. He'll be back in the Seattle area in three weeks on an official visit to UW. "I haven't been up here before, so coming up now and then coming up again in January - I like it out here," said House. "I haven't really been able to see much, but from what I've seen I like it."

Mosley got his nickname from his coach at Jordan, Pala Vaituu, who played with Mosley's father in semipro ball in Utah. He called Mosley's Dad House, so when Tyshon enrolled at Jordan he just passed the nickname down to the son. "I think my strong key is run blocking right off the line; dominant lineman right off the line," House said when asked about his playing style. "That's what I would say is my strongest point."

In the Tanoa Bowl, Mosley never really got tested on the line of scrimmage. He dictated play from his spot at right guard and as you would expect from a kid nicknamed House he leveled some guys with pancake blocks. And as with most linemen at the high school level he'll have to really be taught pass protection in college, but like Atoe - who was plucked from The Dalles in 2010 - House is a noticeable presence along the OL with his back bowed up and ready to strike. He has the physical tools, and unlike Atoe has actually played really good high school competition at Jordan. The Beatdiggers ripped apart Syracuse 58-2 in the 5A state finals, their only blemish to a perfect record coming via a 34-33 loss to St. John Bosco of southern California.

Mosley verbally committed to Utah State at the end of June, but has since re-opened the recruiting process due to Gary Andersen leaving Logan for Wisconsin. "Right now I am verbally committed to Utah State, but I've talked to my family and stuff since Gary Andersen left," said Mosley. "They are still a good option, but we're keeping it open now. I know Gary is leaving and he's taking the offensive line coach. But the offensive coordinator that's now the head coach, coach (Matt) Wells, he called me and said that things aren't going to change. They are still going to be doing what they do."

Now that he's looking at schools again, Mosley said BYU and Utah are possible destinations, although neither school has offered a scholarship yet. He added that while he is LDS, he has no plans to serve a mission.

Roughly a month before Andersen officially headed off to Madison, Washington was another program that became interested in Mosley. "My coach, Kyle Kafentzis, he coaches at Jordan…he got a hold of Washington and that's when they started recruiting me," he said. Kafentzis played his high school ball in the Tri-Cities (Richland) before playing collegiately at Hawaii. "They said they are definitely interested in me. They need linemen and they are recruiting me as an offensive lineman. They said they could see me at guard or tackle, but I think they are recruiting me as a guard. That's what most colleges have said about me."

Mosley said he feels good a scholarship offer may come out of his UW official visit. "Coming from what I've heard from there, I think there's a really good opportunity," he said.

And then what? Could he commit to the Huskies? "It depends on how the trip goes," added House. "They are a good school, they are up-and-coming, they are doing good things.

"It's in God's hands. He leads me. Obviously I came here to get my name out because my name wasn't really out, so hopefully my name gets out there and I get some good looks."

Mosley also said that he has an official visit planned for Utah State the weekend after his UW trip.

Tyshon Mosley Scout.com Profile
Tyson 'House' Mosley 2012 Season Highlights

Dawgman.com Recommended Stories


  • It's hard to believe that we are coming down to the last week of the regular season. Washington appears to be gaining some momentum as they head into the Apple Cup. However, before we look ahead, it's…

  • Build yourself a sky-high left-over turkey sandwich, cover it in a creamy sauce of hate, and get ready to scream!

  • SEATTLE - Led by the veterans - senior forward Shawn Kemp and guards Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss - the Washington Huskies took care of the Pacific Tigers 76-70 in the first game of the Marv…

  • SEATTLE - It's late, around 2:55 am Sunday morning. Maybe that makes it too early? At this point the only thing that matters to me is the story at hand, which is Washington's 37-13 win over Oregon…

  • Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.