Recruit Spotlight: DT Kelton Moss, Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Class of 2018
by Camille Amadeo
The Jonesboro-Hodge football team has a key-player in defensive tackle Kelton Moss to compliment their defense. Moss compliments the Tigers team with size, speed, and determination. Just watching him play, one can see his determination by the execution of his tackles and ability to pursue and get into the defensive backfield. At a position in which it is hard to rack up a lot of tackles, Moss managed to obtain 112 tackles his junior year. This season should not be any different. Kelton Moss’ athleticism was recognized by being selected the Jonesboro-Hodge Defensive “Football Player of the Game” in a game against Winnfield last season. Moss was also All-District in 2016. Kelton Moss has also participated in the Tigers’ varsity basketball and track and field team last year. Not a lot of people have heard of Moss, but Louisiana Football Magazine recruiting expert Lee Brecheen believes that he is a big time sleeper.
“Kelton Moss is a big time defensive tackle,” Brecheen said. “He has great feet and is very strong as well.”
Even though the Tigers have a slow start to the season at 1-3, the team had to play a very tough schedule in those first four games playing against teams such as Logansport, Tioga, Haynesville, and Winnfield. That is a tough schedule for a 3A team much less a 1A team. Still, the Tigers hope to get to the playoffs again this season with guidance from Coach Terrance Blankenship in his 6th year of coaching. With strong players like Moss leading the way, that is all you need in 1A ball to be successful. On Friday Sept. 29, the Tigers have the chance to prove themselves in an away conference game at Lincoln Prep (Grambling, LA) at 7 P.M. In today’s recruit spotlight, we caught up with the All-District Defensive Tackle from Jonesboro-Hodge as he talked about his breakout junior season, the start to this season, the player he models his game after, and so much more!
LAFM: What is your name, age, position, and school you played for?
Kelton Moss, 18, DT, Jonesboro-Hodge HS
LAFM: What is your height and weight?
LAFM: What is your max bench press, max squat, vertical, and 40 yard time?
315 on bench press, 600 on squat, 23 vertical, 5:3 on forty
LAFM: What are the biggest strengths to your game?
My biggest strengths are recognizing plays and finding the ball.
LAFM: What is your favorite position to play and why?
DE and I love that position because I can do whatever. I just play my game.
LAFM: What were your most memorable accomplishments while at Jonesboro-Hodge High School?
Getting 112 tackles my junior year and coming back this year too see if I can get even higher.
LAFM: What is an interesting fact about yourself you would like our readers to know about?
I love to cook and my favorite is chicken lol!
LAFM: The Tigers lost their home playoff game against Pine by a score of 15-14.What are your thoughts on how the end of the season turned out as well as what improvements should be made for this year’s season?
Well, it hurts really bad. You know, it was our first time we had a winnable game and we let it slip away and the improvements that should be made is capitalize on the other team mistakes
LAFM: You have played against a lot of great players over your career. Who is the best one you played against and why?
I don’t exactly know. I just go out and play my game.
LAFM: What are some things that you have picked up from Coach Blankenship that has helped you in your game today?
Give your best effort and if you make a mistake, do it 110% because you never know what will happen.
LAFM: What is your advice for next year’s Jonesboro-Hodge football team?
Treat practice like a game because the game is not won on Fridays, it’s won during the week.
LAFM: Have you received any offers to play as a college athlete? What college offers are you considering?
No, I’m currently working on my ACT score so they can come knocking on my door.
LAFM: What do you think you need to improve on if you decide to keep playing football at the next level?
I need to improve on my hand placement and footwork. It’s ok, but not great, and I want to be great someday.
LAFM: Who is the college or NFL player that you like to model your game after and why?
J.J. Watt (Wisconsin/Houston Texans) is who I will like to model my game after because he’s a leader and he doesn’t make excuses. He gets the job done.
LAFM: Who are some of the people that you like to thank for putting you in the position that you are in today?
Man, it’s a lot. I want to thank God for giving me the ability to play this game. I want to thank my mom really because she makes me work hard. Growing up if I didn’t have the grades, she would snatch me off the team, and that’s what really made me a hard worker. I also want to thank Christopher for trying to help me with everything including things that’s not dealing with sports. I just want to thank everyone.
Camille Amadeo is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico but has lived in the town of Madisonville, Louisiana since high school where she attended St. Scholastica Academy. Camille attends Louisiana State University pursuing a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. While at LSU, Camille has participated in different positions surrounding sports. During the fall semester of her sophomore year, Camille had the chance to attend the press box for the LSU football games where she helped report the radio advertisements in Spanish for KGLA radio station and also reported the scores for the other college football games going on at that time. Camille joined the LA Football Magazine team in summer for her school internship.
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