Blue Chip Chat with Khaynin Mosley-Smith, Woodland Hills
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• Height: 6-1 Weight: 285 • Position: OG-DT • Year: Senior
• The Skinny: A standout defensive lineman who has excellent quickness (has run the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds). Has been a starter since his sophomore season and had an excellent junior year.
• College Talk: Mosley-Smith made a verbal commitment to Pitt in early July. He also had scholarship offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Ohio. He was recruited to play defensive line.
• Woodland hills has been a little down the last two years. Will this year be different? It's going to be a lot different. We have a better team. Everyone is ready to go and focused.
• Were you always a good football player? There was a point in time when I played in midget leagues that my dad made me play. I didn't like football then. I used to cry before games. I just wanted to play baseball.
• Best player you've ever faced? Probably Canon-McMillan's Mike Hull.
• Why the hyphenated last name? My mom and father wanted me to have both of their names so it's hyphenated. I get asked that a lot. But my father [Kendall Mosley] passed when I was 10 years old. He was murdered.
• How hard has it been to grow up without a father? My mom has always been strict. That's what has motivated me more than ever. I have six other brothers and sisters, and I feel like I have to be the one to someday get my mom out of the struggle. That's one of the real reasons I wanted the scholarship. I'll be the first one in my family going to college.
• Something you'd like to do someday? Play in the NFL.
• What if that doesn't happen? I want to go to school for criminal justice, so I'd like to work in that area.
• Favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
• HOW MANY WINGS CAN YOU EAT? Oh, I don't know. A lot. Probably like 40.
First Published August 30, 2009 12:00 am