Lost in the news of LSU’s extensive recruiting list for the spring game on Saturday, was late news that Thaddeus Moss, the son of Randy Moss, would be visiting as well. Moss is is a former big-time 2016 recruit who decided to transfer out of NC State, where he spent his freshman season.
Moss will sit out the 2017 season and then have three more seasons of eligibility.
Moss caught six passes for 49 yards and a touchdown last season for the Wolfpack. The 6-3, 240-pound Moss was a three-star recruit in the class of 2016 and the 18th-ranked player at his position in the 247 sports composite rankings.
Moss makes the second transfer player to join up with LSU this week, after defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko made his decision a few day sago.
Per the Advocate, Matt Canada had been Moss’s recruiter at NC State, but his decision was more about what he viewed as a better opportunity:
Moss’ commitment is tied to Canada, the Tigers’ first-year coordinator. Canada recruited Moss out of high school while he served as N.C.State’s offensive coordinator in 2013-15. Fired after the Wolf Pack’s bowl game in 2015, Canada attempted to flip Moss from his commitment to N.C.State to Pitt, Canada's new school.
“He had gotten fired and I had already gotten my mind made up,” Moss said in an interview Sunday. “He had messaged me and was telling me stuff about Pitt and this stuff. It was all of this stuff. I don’t even think I messaged him back.
“That was actually the very first thing he said when he saw me. ‘Hey, you remember when I messaged you?’ It worked out for the better good.”
Moss, a North Carolina native who left high school as the 18th-ranked tight end in the 2016 class, started three games as a freshman for the Wolf Pack last season. He announced his decision to transfer earlier this month.
“I’m going to leave it at ... to better my opportunities for the future,” he said when asked about the reasons for his departure. “I don’t want to really get into descriptions and all of that. I’m just going to leave it at that. I thought it would be better for my future to go somewhere else, better opportunities.”
So you can bet the NFL legend and ESPN analyst will be around some as well in the coming years.
Thaddeus and Randy speak “every day,” he said.
“He let me make my decision,” Thaddeus Moss said. “I called him afterwards, and he seemed pretty excited about it. Kind of got the feeling that I made the right decision. I’m sure he’s excited about it and everything.”
And he’ll be in Tiger Stadium soon enough.
“That’s definitely the plan,” Thaddeus said, “to see him in that purple and gold jersey.”