By Otis Kirk
Fayetteville High School 2020 linebacker Quade Mosier has recently picked up his first two scholarship offers and his recruiting is likely to continue to gain steam as spring practice nears.
Mosier, 6-2, 225, was outstanding in 2018 his first season at Fayetteville. He had previously played at Rogers High School. Last season, Mosier had 115 tackles, 14 for loss, three forced fumbles and two sacks.
He attended The Opening Houston Regional on March 17. He finished with a SPARQ of 113.19 which was the seventh-best score of the day and tops among linebackers.
The event was filled with several top college prospects at various positions.
RB @Runzekerun01 posts the second-highest rating of the year and a new top rating nationally for Class of 2021 – 25 go 💯➕ – here’s the top unofficial Football Ratings from testing @TheOpening Houston regional! pic.twitter.com/UudCx17p3E — Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) March 18, 2019
Army and Air Force are the first two schools to offer him. He has taken a long list of unofficial visits to schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Rice, SMU, Houston and many others. What are the schools telling you?
“I have loved all my visits,” Mosier said. “A few schools I have been to they are gonna come watch me this spring I think. Vanderbilt, Memphis, Oklahoma, UCF and UCA are coming. Every school I’ve been to want me to come to their camp pretty much and that’s what they are saying right now.”
Mosier has been over to Arkansas for unofficial visits. He talked about Arkansas’ coaches and John Chavis.
“I have been to a practice and went to the spring game as well,” Mosier said. “I love their coaches. I got to sit in on a meeting the linebackers. I enjoyed that too. Those linebackers seem like a great bunch of kids too.”
What is Chief like in a meeting?
“He’s really informative,” Mosier said. “He’s telling them what they need to work on. He’s going through film and really energetic as well. I had a good time for sure.”
Mosier has a 3.89 grade-point average and a 26 on the ACT. He obviously combines outstanding academics with talent on the field. He talked about what he’s looking for in a college.
“I want to go to a place that’s gonna make me feel at home,” Mosier said. “I either want to go pre-med or business. Just one of those two. Most colleges provide both of those. I can do well at both of those. That’s what I’m looking at doing. I talked to my counselor this week and I’m planning to graduate early too.”
Mosier’s father, Cody, was a two-year letterman for Arkansas in 1988 and 1991. The former Hope High School offensive lineman had his career interrupted for a couple of seasons due to an accident in a vehicle. Quade talked about the influence his father has had on his recruiting.
“For the most part he stays out of it,” Mosier said. “He’s really encouraging. He wants to me go wherever I feel best at home. Whichever place I like the best.”
Mosier listed some of the schools that he likes the best at this time.
“I’m thankful to everyone that has reached out to me,” Mosier said. “But I really enjoy talking to coach (Brian) Odom. I have been to Oklahoma a few times and he’s a great guy down to earth. I really enjoy him.
“I got to go to Arkansas’ practice and I like them as well. I had a great visit at Vanderbilt, I enjoyed that. I had a great time at Baylor and UCA was super nice. Memphis, both of their coaches I talked to were extremely nice.”
Mosier is obviously very impressed with Arkansas’ facilities.
“Extremely great,” Mosier said. “They are up there with everywhere I’ve been for sure.”
On Sunday, Mosier reflected back on how it went for him in his first season at Fayetteville.
“I had a great time,” Mosier said. “Obviously there’s a lot of great athletes down there. It was either that one or the St. Louis one, but I wanted to go down there and compete with the Texas kids. I enjoyed it playing with the best competition there is down there. A lot of great running backs to do one-on-one’s with. It was a great time and really good coaching as well down there.”
As far as linebacker, Mosier talked about the things he feels he does well on the field.
“My linebacker coach was great,” Mosier said. “We would spend a lot of time reading between the tackles. Getting ready for every week for how that was gonna go. I read my guards really well. I get to the ball fast. One of the things I pride myself on is playing really aggressive. That really helps me out a ton.”
He also talked about the things he feels he needs to work and improve on the most.
“I’m working on obviously getting bigger, stronger and faster. I’m working on my feet. Getting my feet as quick as I can. I’m working on getting in that game-speed conditioning. That way I can end the game like I start it playing at that speed.”
Mosier talked about how he feels like the transition to Fayetteville went for him.
“It was great first of all,” Mosier said. “I came in at semester. I obviously got into the offseason and everything. I loved the coaches. They took me in really well. The team took me in really well. I developed a lot of good friends and still have those friends.
“The offseason coach (Billy) Dawson and coach (Dave) Wheeler prepared me really well for last season. It was great. I loved it.”
This season, Mosier will be playing for a new head coach. Last week, Fayetteville hired Casey Dick away from Van Buren High School. Mosier talked about that.
“First of all I love coach Dawson and thankful for everything he has done for me,” Mosier said. “I like our staff right now so I hope they stay. I’ve heard really good things about coach Dick too so I’m anxious to get after it with him too.”
As far as the 2019 season is concerned, Mosier wants it to end with a victory in War Memorial Stadium.
“I want to get a ring this year,” Mosier said. “We want to win state. One of the goals we hae a lot of younger linebackers coming up this year and I’m trying to just be a good mentor for them. I’m just helping them on everything I can.”
Linebackers is one of the priorities in Arkansas’ Class of 2020.