John Tyler’s Javontavius Mosley Receives Offer From Houston
Houston is in the market for another John Tyler player after successful experiments with Greg Ward Jr., Tyus Bowser and strong optimism for June enrollee Braylon Jones.
The Cougars football program reached out to junior cornerback Javontavius Mosley with a college scholarship opportunity Thursday.
It's the corner's third offer overall. SMU and Stephen F. Austin got to him in December and January, respectively.
Mosley (6-1, 170) was part of a strong John Tyler secondary this past season. He recorded 60 tackles, two interceptions, broke up 12 passes and recovered a fumble in the team's run to a Class 5A Division II area round appearance.
The secondary featured two other underclassmen in Kieran Freeman and Da'Quaylon Kennedy. Together with Mosley, they combined for eight interceptions.
Safety Bryston Gipson, a Henderson State signee and one of John Tyler's 13 college-bound senior players, rounded out the 2015 unit.
John Tyler won the District 16-5A championship and posted an 8-4 total record following an 0-3 non-district start.
Houston finished its own year as the No. 8 team in the Associated Press' final college football poll as well as the USA Today Coaches' Poll. It finished the regular season with a 12-1 record, including an American Athletic Conference championship game win, before defeating Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
It was head coach Tom Herman's first year at the helm.
The Cougars' subsequent recruiting class ranged from 40th to 51st in 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com's composite rankings for all FBS teams. It was regarded as the best class in the AAC.
Perhaps Houston's best pitch to Mosley will be its performance this season. The team returns familiar faces -- for both the university and Mosley himself -- in Ward at quarterback and Bowser at linebacker.
Ward threw for 2,828 yards, ran for another 1,108 yards and scored 39 touchdowns against six interceptions last season. Bowser started all 14 games at linebacker, made 50 tackles with 12 plays for negative yardage and was responsible for three opposing turnovers.
The two former John Tyler players will get the stress test early next season in terms of their national championship pursuit. They'll face Oklahoma the first weekend of the regular season at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Mosley, meanwhile, will play his senior year for a John Tyler team with big aspirations despite being bumped by the University Interscholastic League from Class 5A to Class 6A. He will headline the squad alongside Texas receiver commitment Damion Miller and sought after quarterback prospect Bryson Smith.
Like all high school football players currently in their junior year, Mosley will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February, 2017.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 -- offers from Houston, SMU (2)
- Lagaryonn Carson, Liberty-Eylau, DE, 6-4, 261 -- committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M (9)
- Trestan Ebner, Henderson, WR, 5-11, 180 -- committed to SMU; additional offer from Kansas (2)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR, 6-2, 180 -- offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 -- offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 -- offer from SMU (1)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 -- committed to Texas; additional offers from Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-0, 160 -- offers from Houston, SMU (2)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, ATH, 5-11, 160 -- offers from Bowling Green, SMU, Texas State, ULL (4)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 -- committed to Texas; additional offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (6)