Dakota's Drive

Dakota Mosley

Little Rock Christian tight end Dakota Mosley (6-5, 255) has offers from Tulsa and Louisiana Tech and hopes summer camp trips to Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma will get him more.

Two of the more talented prospects on hand for Saturday's Southwest Elite Combine got in their work and headed for Rocky Top.

Both Little Rock Christian tight end Dakota Mosley (6-5, 255) and his highly celebrated teammate Michael Dyer (5-10, 200) will be in Knoxville Monday and Tuesday for a University of Tennessee football camp.

"I've been to Tennessee (before) and they are real close of offering," Mosley said Saturday. "I think I am going to get one when I go down there on the first and second."

Tulsa and Louisiana Tech have already offered Mosley, who is also drawing interest from Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss among others – all who are among the 23 schools that have offered Dyer.

Those two joined Junction City defensive tackle Byran Jones (6-2, 300) as the highest-ranked college prospects at the combine on Saturday.

"It's been fun watching some of the talent," Mosley said. "We have Michael Dyer, the best running back in the nation and Byran Jones, another top player in the state. It's been fun to see where I am at levelized with them. Just soaking it all in."

While Arkansas has not offered to this point, Mosley remains on their radar and vice-versa.

"I like what they are putting together up there at Arkansas," Mosley said. "You can see they use the tight end a lot, which is good for me since I am playing tight end."

Mosley, who had 36 catches for 378 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, has made a mental note of how first-year Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino utilized tight end D.J. Williams during the 2008 season.

"When (former Arkansas and current Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt and them were here, he caught maybe 5 passes and last year he was all-SEC catching 45 passes," Mosley said. "That looks good to anybody that is playing tight end."

Mosley has both the heft and the hands to do his job at tight end, but would like to get faster.

He has run a 4.8 40-yard dash, but was clocked at 5.1 on what is regarded a slow surface Saturday in Springdale.

"I think I am good at blocking and catching the ball," Mosley said. "Something I am trying to work on more is my speed and quicker feet."

Little Rock Christian is coming off a 7-4 season that saw injuries knock out quarterback Griffin Kuhn and hamper Dyer's effectiveness.

It did allow senior-to-be signal caller Jesse Stone to get significant action and thus be more experienced going into this season.

"I think we have a real good chance this year," Mosley said. "We've got Jesse coming back and he got a lot of playing time last year and that's good. Our offense should be rolling. We just need to work on our defense a little bit. "

Former Little Rock Christian offensive coordinator Justin Kramer has taken over for veteran coach Johnny Watson.

"It's been real good," Mosley said of the transition. "He was the offensive coordinator last year. Everything is really the same. The defense is the same, the offense is the same, not really much has changed."

Mosley, Dyer and their Little Rock Christian teammates will compete in the Sonic Air Raid 7-on-7 event next weekend in Searcy and also the VYPE Tournament slated for July 17-18 in Fayetteville.

In between, Mosley has plans to camp at Arkansas and Oklahoma along with Tennessee.

He says he is not in a rush to make a decision and thus does not have a timetable.

"I really don't know," Mosley said. "I am just going to take as much time as a I can to see who comes and who wants to talk with me and just go from there."

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