Here's why Northwood's Mar'Jayvious Moss has multiple SEC, Big 10 offers
It’s not often one game has a significant impact on the life of a high school player, but the same can’t be said for Northwood’s Mar’Jayvious Moss. The recruiting attention for the junior defensive back has displayed a rapidly upward trend since his five-interception performance against North DeSoto during the 2021 season.
“I think it was huge,” Northwood football coach Austin Brown said. “Headlines had a huge shock factor - that stat-line is almost unbelievable.”
Playing North DeSoto for the District 1-4A title, Moss was a difference maker in a tight contest. The Times All-City first-team member picked up his fifth interception of the game with under two minutes remaining and scored the winning touchdown in the 13-7 victory. He needed help to get to the sidelines after cramping up.
Mississippi State, Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota and Vanderbilt are among the schools recruiting the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Moss.
Moss has already taken an unofficial visit to Mississippi State and has official visits to Baylor and Minnesota scheduled for June.
“Everyone is recruiting him pretty hard,” Brown said.
What sets Moss apart is his ability to find the football when it’s thrown and to locate the correct hole when the ball in his hands.
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“College coaches say they love his playmaking ability and skill set,” Brown said. “One college coach said he is the most ‘skilled DB’ in the 2023 Louisiana class.”
After starting every game as a freshman, Moss missed his sophomore season due to an injury.
It's just not Moss' ability to make interceptions that has created a buzz, but his ability to score multiple ways.
“Marjay knows in detail every position on the field. He has scored five different ways - receiving, rushing, fumble return, interception return and punt return,” Brown said.
Defensively, Moss takes as much pride in his pancake blocks as he does in finding the end zone. He lined up in six different defensive positions for the Falcons, who finished 9-3 overall after advancing to the LHSAA Class 4A quarterfinals where they lost a 34-32 decision to eventual champion Westgate.
“Next year we might let him throw a touchdown and kick an extra point just to round out the scoring,” Brown said.
In 2021, Moss posted 58 tackles, including six for a loss, and 10 interceptions with one returned for a score. Offensively, he had 11 carries for 98 yards and three touchdowns, along with 24 receptions for 323 yards and five scores. His nine kickoff returns recorded 311 yards and his 12 punt returns netted 183 yards and a score.
Besides the stats, Moss is known as someone who can relate to his teammates and classmates in a positive manner.
“Marjay is a mother hen. He takes care of the other kids on the team,” Brown said. “He’s always looking out for teammates, especially the younger ones. When he got his first offer (Baylor), the whole school was excited, especially his teachers who all love him. He is very emotionally mature for his age and makes decisions based in reason.”
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