Southern Miss Offers John Tyler Duo Of Javontavius Mosley, Bryson Smith
John Tyler defensive back Javontavius Mosley and quarterback Bryson Smith now have a total of 10 universities to choose from if they opt to sign together thanks to an offer Wednesday afternoon from Southern Mississippi.
The Golden Eagles program got to the duo a few hours after Incarnate Word offered the same opportunity. John Tyler's football Twitter account, overseen by head coach Ricklan Holmes, was the first to report the news.
All of the schools' offers are standalone toward each player, but each one would prefer to land both. Arkansas State, Houston, North Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU, Texas State and UTSA are the other universities with offers out for both players.
Mosley (6-1, 170) recorded 60 tackles, two interceptions, broke up 12 passes and recovered a fumble in 2015.
Smith (6-0, 170) threw for 2,416 yards and 20 touchdowns to six interceptions last year while simultaneously leading the team with 1,421 rushing yards and 21 scores. He started as a receiver his sophomore year.
The pair helped lead John Tyler to a District 16-5A championship and an 8-4 season record that ended with an area-round loss to eventual Class 5A Division I state finalist Mansfield Lake Ridge.
John Tyler will jump to Class 6A this fall due to a growing student population and will compete in District 11. Longview, Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Rockwall, Rockwall-Heath and Tyler Lee make up the league schedule.
Both prospects will attend the ETSN + APEC Football Recruiting Combine on Sunday alongside teammate Damion Miller, who is a receiver committed to Texas.
Southern Miss enjoyed a big turnaround from recent fortunes last year. Following 1-11 and 3-9 seasons under Todd Monken his first two seasons, the program posted a 9-3 regular season record and advanced to the Conference USA championship game before falling to Western Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles' season ended with a loss to Washington in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Monken left the team after the campaign to become a receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise.
Jay Hopson, once an assistant coach at Southern Miss, signed with the program in January to succeed Monken. Hopson most recently guided Alcorn State to a 32-17 overall record through four seasons in his first head coaching gig.
Hopson helped Alcorn State win the Southwest Athletic Conference championships his final two years.
Mosley and Smith, like all high school football prospects currently in their junior year, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers on Feb. 1, 2017.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Judah Bell, Tyler Bishop Gorman, WR, 6-3, 180 — offers from Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Navy, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM, UTSA, Wyoming (12)
- Noah Bush, Athens, LB, 6-2, 225 — offer from Army (1)
- 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 — offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Syracuse, UTSA, TCU, Tulsa (16)
- Montrell Estell, Hooks, WR/DB, 6-2, 180 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Notre Dame, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane (12)
- Octavius Evans, Center, WR, 6-2, 186 — offers from Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas State, ULL (7)
- Ted Fuller, Harleton, RB, 5-11, 195 — offer from ULM (1)
- Austin Hawley, Gladewater, DB, 6-1, 200 — offer from ULM (1)
- Kollin Hurt, Gilmer, DB, 6-3, 175 — offer from ULM (1)
- Jordan Johnson, Hooks, ATH, 6-0, 195 — committed to Air Force (1)
- Kayce Medlock, Arp, ATH, 5-9, 186 — offers from Army, Colorado, Navy, SMU, Tulane, ULL (6)
- Damion Miller, John Tyler, WR, 6-1, 189 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma State; Ole Miss; SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- LaMarcus Morton, Gilmer, WR, 6-2, 175 — offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, Indiana, Texas Tech, Tulsa, ULL, ULM, UTSA (8)
- Javontavius Mosley, John Tyler, CB, 6-1, 170 — offers from Arkansas State, Houston, North Texas, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, ULL, ULM, UTSA (9)
- Dhailon Phillips, Lufkin, WR, 6-3, 195 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin, QB/ATH, 5-10, 165 — offers from Texas State, ULM (2)
- Bryson Smith, John Tyler, QB/ATH, 6-0, 170 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Houston, New Mexico, North Texas, Purdue, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane, ULL, ULM, UTSA (13)
- Major Tennison, Bullard, TE, 6-6, 248 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (12)
- Josh Thompson, Nacogdoches, CB, 6-0, 180 — offered by Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, North Texas, Ohio, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULM, Utah, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming (14)
- Traveion Webster, Longview, S, 6-0, 197 — offered by ULM (1)