Thaddeus Moss ignored Matt Canada's attempts to redirect him once.
Canada landed his man on his second try.
Moss, a tight end transferring from N.C. State and the son of former NFL star Randy Moss, committed to the Tigers on Sunday while on a visit to Baton Rouge. Moss, 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, gave his pledge to coach Ed Orgeron a day after watching the Tigers' spring game, becoming the school's second committed major college transfer in a week.
Texas Tech defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko committed Monday. Like Fehoko, Moss must sit out the 2017 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining in 2018.
Moss’ commitment is tied to Canada, the Tigers’ first-year offensive coordinator. Canada recruited Moss out of high school while he served as N.C. State’s offensive coordinator from 2013-15. Fired after the Wolfpack’s bowl game in 2015, Canada attempted to entice Moss to come to Pittsburgh, Canada's new school.
“He had gotten fired, and I had already gotten my mind made up,” Moss said 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.”
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Moss, a North Carolina native who left high school as the No. 18 tight end in the 2016 class, started three games as a freshman for the Wolfpack 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 of his reason for transferring. “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.”
His father was fine with it, he said. Thaddeus and Randy speak “every day,” he said.
“He let me make my decision,” Thaddeus 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 he’ll be in Tiger Stadium soon enough.
“That’s definitely the plan,” Thaddeus said, “to see him in that purple and gold jersey.”
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It’s not always easy being the son of a legend. Randy Moss, a West Virginia native who starred at Marshall before a 15-year pro career, still holds the NFL single-season record for touchdown catches in a season (23 in 2007), and he was a six-time Pro Bowler.
“It’s real hectic. It can be a blessing. I always say it’s a blessing with a curse, always having eyes on you, always having to live up to … people always have high expectations,” Thaddeus said. “I always get treated a little bit different until people actually get to know me. ... It has its perks and has its negatives.”
Moss expects to arrive in time for the summer semester at LSU during the first week of June. He’ll use his year off to recover from shoulder surgery he had this offseason. And he’ll get started relearning Canada’s offense, which he had hoped to play in at N.C. State.
“It’s a huge draw, knowing how much he uses (tight ends) and all of the different ways he uses them,” he said. “He definitely uses tight ends. I would say different ways in other offenses — more than the traditional ways.”