When it was time to decide what college sport he would play, Lakeside High School’s McTier Mosley threw some people a curveball.
Mosley, the starting left fielder on the Panthers’ region-winning baseball team, will be heading to Division III Berry College in Rome, Ga., in the fall – to play football.
“It’s very exciting because something he always wanted to do was to play sports in college,” said Mosley’s mother, Helen, at his letter of intent signing ceremony Wednesday. “The biggest surprise was that he wanted to play football, not baseball.”
Mosley played junior varsity football in 10th grade, had knee surgery and missed his junior year. He came back and was a varsity wide receiver in his senior season, catching 31 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns and was a Region 2-AAAAA second-teamer.
“It was great,” said Mosley of being back on the gridiron. “I never imagined how much fun it would be. When I caught that first touchdown I loved it and wanted to keep working at it, and it’s been a great experience.”
Lakeside head football coach Jarrett Troxler has known Mosley since seventh grade when he first started coaching him at Riverside Middle School.
“As far as a football player, I knew he had the ability to do it,” Troxler said. “He’s a really good player and I’m proud of him. He had a great senior year.”
Troxler sent around a highlight tape and when Berry showed interest, Mosley went for a visit and it confirmed what he had heard about the school.
“I have some friends that have gone there and they always told me how great it was,” said Mosley, who also plans to play baseball at the school. “When we went up there for a visit, I met with the coaches and loved the campus and everything. It felt like the right place for me.”
Another plus was that the football program will have its first varsity season in 2013.
“It’ll be exciting to say I was there when they started the program,” Mosley said. “With everyone coming in being freshmen, I’m hoping I can get out there and get a starting job. Work hard this summer and show them what I’ve got.”