The recruiting process for 3-star tight end/defensive end Thaddeus Moss has been a slow trickle, but it's one that continues to go in a positive direction. On Wednesday, Moss picked up an offer that could help push his recruitment to another level.
Moss, the son of NFL wide receiver great Randy Moss, tweeted that he received an offer from the Michigan Wolverines. He confirmed that tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh extended the offer with Bleacher Report but declined further comment.
At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Moss can play defensive end at the next level, but he's ranked the nation's No. 24 tight end. Physically, he's a bulkier version of his father, and while he has some similarities, he's more of a different athlete overall.
Per 247Sports, Moss has additional offers from North Carolina State, Duke, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, UMass and Charlotte. For those who enjoy the legacy stories, Moss also has an offer from his father's alma mater, Marshall.
The offers could skyrocket in the upcoming months as more schools watch his highlights and see him in action during the spring. Moss in December told Michael Clark of Scout.com that Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and West Virginia were showing interest.
On film, Moss makes for an impressive flex tight end. He can line up as an H-back, but his strengths are lining up wide and posing a problem for smaller defensive backs. Like his father, he likes making the catch at its highest point.
Moss has soft hands and a good stride after the catch. He can be a reliable target in red-zone passing situations. These qualities and others have caught the attentions of several college coaches—most recently, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his son, Jay.
Defensively, Moss is a player who has a good nose for the football. He likes to make plays in the trenches and disrupts plays with his athleticism. With Jay Harbaugh extending the offer, however, look for Moss to see the majority of his time on the offensive side of the ball.
That is, if he ultimately chooses Michigan. He is hoping to take some visits soon, and he took part in North Carolina's junior day last month, according to his 247Sports timeline. You can bet that the Harbaughs will do their part in an effort to land him and make him a weapon in the Big Ten.