By Gabriel Stovall
JONESBORO, Ga. — Add one more name to the list of Jonesboro football players who have cemented plans to play at the next level.
Montralius Mosley, the Cardinals’ dynamic senior tailback, took to Twitter Monday evening to declare his choice of Reinhardt, an NAIA school in the north Georgia town of Waleska.
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And at least one of his fellow Clayton County football standouts — North Clayton’s Kindle Vildor — had high praise for Mosley’s decision.
You’ll be the face of that program, go hard bro. https://t.co/v06jSJrfRK
— Kindle Vildor™ (@KindleVildor2) January 26, 2016
The 5-foot-7, 175-pounder was arguably the heart and soul of a Jonesboro offense that helped push the Cardinals to a history making season that included the school’s first region crown since 1949. He finished his 2015 campaign with over 1,308 yards rushing, 275 receiving yards and 17 total scores.
Mosley chose Reinhardt over Tusculum, Gilford College and Albany State, largely because of his excitement for the program’s potential.
“I got a chance to see part of the picture of where they’re going toward, and I like their future and what they’re trying to accomplish,” Mosley said. “They’ve got a new president and they’re putting more money into the football area. They’re getting a new weight room and all that.”
But for a guy like Mosley who was largely underrated by many accounts due to his diminutive stature, something even bigger than facilities, track record and the program’s upside contributed to his selection.
“It felt great to have a program believe in my abilities,” he said. “The coaching staff really showed that they believed in what I could do on the football field. They talked to me like every day, as if I’m already a player there. It felt great to have a program who believed in me.”
Mosley said being off the recruiting radar for much of his career was the fuel to the fire in his belly that helped him carve out a reputation of being one of the best backs in the area.
“Being an underdog motivated me a lot, you know,” he said. “Me and (Jonesboro DT) Kali (James) were like ace boon coon in some ways because we were both considered undersized and all that. But we pushed each other to be better than what they perceived us to be. So in the game, you’ve got something to prove. But it’s a lot easier when your teammates have the same motor as you do.”
Mosley also picked Reinhardt because it has his sports management major. In the classroom, he’s been just as impressive as on the field, sporting a 3.4 grade point average while taking on a class load that includes AP calculus, economics and world history classes, along with honors math and literature courses.
Mosley said being a student in the classroom and in the game of football go hand in hand for him.
“I feel like I can work to becoming a coach when my playing days are over,” Mosley said. “I’m student of the game as well as in class. I know the game. Through the season, I’d put in probably 15 hours of film work per week. I like the idea of creating a game plan and setting up a team to make it fit.”
Mosley will be a welcomed addition to a Reinhardt offense that was one of the NAIA’s most high scoring units, putting over 52 points per game on the board in 2015.
The back is one of several Jonesboro athletes expected to sign national letters of intent next Wednesday during National Signing Day ceremonies at Jonesboro High, and later at the College Football Hall of Fame’s festivities in downtown Atlanta.
And although he’s excited about his next move, Mosley said he’d be remiss to not mention how playing at Jonesboro impacted his life.
“I feel like I’ve learned how to be a man here,” he said. “I’ve learned that every action has a consequence to it, and I’ve learned how to put God first in all situations.”