About 70 people filed into the Brighton High School library Monday afternoon to find out where senior Charles Mosley, probably the most highly-regarded Tipton County football recruit in the last 30 years, was going to play football next fall.
Just before Mosley, a 6-5, 350-pound lineman, came into the room, some orange T-shirts and stickers were passed around to those in attendance, giving a big hint as to Mosley's destination.
“When you see him you'll understand where he's planning on playing his college football,” Brighton head coach Will Wolfe said right before Mosley entered with “UT” painted on the right side of his head and “Vols” on the left.
After one person yelled “Go Vols go,” Mosley made a verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee.
Mosley said he made up his mind after watching Tennessee lose to Vanderbilt 14-10 on Nov. 23.
“After the Vandy game I knew where I wanted to go,” Mosley said. “After they lost to Vandy, a feeling just came over me. I just wanted to go to Tennessee and help them win. I don't know what the feeling was or why. I just knew I wanted to go to Tennessee.”
Mosley played defensive and offensive tackle for Brighton this year, helping the Cardinals to an 8-3 record and the District 13-AAA title.
A Mr. Football finalist, Mosley is ranked in the top 25 of most national recruiting lists for linemen in the class of 2014. Rivals.com ranks him 21st.
The last Brighton High School graduate to play for a D-1 football team from a BCS conference was Theron Kadri, who played at Vanderbilt from 2007 to 2009.
“I'm real happy for him,” Wolfe said. “He really likes the family atmosphere there and he's really excited … It's a good thing for everyone, but this is about Charles. He did the work and did what he needed to do.”
Last spring several coaches from Southeastern Conference schools attended Brighton's football practices to see Mosley in action. At a Brighton game last fall, an assistant coach from Alabama was in attendance. There were also reports that Alabama head coach Nick Saban visited Brighton High School several weeks ago.
Mosley said Alabama was second on his final list that included Auburn, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
After Mosley made his announcement, friends, family members and others gave him high fives and hugs.
“I appreciate all y'all supporting me for four years through all this,” Mosley said. “I just wanted to say thank you all. I want to thank my whole football team and Coach Wolfe. Now y'all got to go buy orange jerseys … I'm ready to get there, go to work right away and help Tennessee get back on top.”