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Army Incoming: Wide Receivers pt I
Xavier Moss is a wide receiver from Houston, Texas who was the starting wide receiver last year at the United States Military Academy Prep school. In 2011, as a senior at Westside high school, he made 28 receptions for 312 yards and scored four touchdowns. Moss was one of the top 400 meter runners in Texas as a high school senior. This spring he was a member of the USMAPS track relay team that broke a 74-year-old 4 x 400 meter record at the Penn Relays. Xavier Moss was an exciting wide receiver last year at USMAPS. In the opener at Kings College JV he demonstrated his speed on a 63-yard touchdown run off a reverse. Moss led the team in receptions and had a 46-yard touchdown catch against RPI JV. He had his best game with multiple catches as the RPI defense sold out to stop the option. In the Milford Academy game he showed his versatility by executing an option pass on an end around only to see fellow wide out Edgar Poe drop his picture perfect 30-yard pass in the end zone. In the game versus Valley Forge he teamed up with USMAPS quarterback Tevin Long on a 61-yard post pattern for a touchdown. In the finale, Moss made a clutch leaping catch over two Navy Prep defenders for a 42-yard completion before falling out of bounds at the six-yard line with ten seconds left to set up, what looked at the time, to be the game winning touchdown.
Moss is a tall, athletic receiver who offers nice size (6-2, 175) body control and speed. He has posted average, probably real, forty yard dash times for a wide receiver but he carries his speed in pads and on the track. He has a long, smooth fluid track stride and can accelerate out of his breaks. He demonstrated the ability to get deep with a nice top end gear. He is a fearless player who blocks hard and competes. Xavier can reach and pluck the ball away from a defender. He plays like he is twenty pounds heavier than his listed weight. He is still very raw and needs to keep working on his receiving and route running skills. If he can continue to develop he has the chance to be an impact receiver on a team that needs one. Moss chose Army over offers from Dartmouth, Northwestern State and Prairie View.
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