Southern’s Moseley signs with Old Dominion
There have been times in his life that Malik Moseley could have easily gone a different direction. But over the years, he has overcome the doubts and the hardships to make the most of his opportunities.
Now that has paid off for Moseley, a standout running back at Southern Guilford, in signing with Old Dominion University to continue his football career at the NCAA Division I level. The Monarchs will be transitioning from the FCS to the FBS in upcoming years.
“It feels like a dream that I haven’t woken up from,” says Moseley, the son of Edward and Freda. “It just feels like I made it and all hard work paid off. So, I don’t have any doubts anymore.”
Growing up, Moseley didn’t even really like football (“I used to quit because I didn’t like getting hit,” he says) and instead preferred basketball. But, under the guidance of his father, he stuck with football. And once he got to high school things changed.
“I didn’t actually start liking football really until my eighth-grade year,” Moseley says, “because even when I wasn’t really trying to be the best, I was just better than everybody else. So, it was like: If I really put some effort into it, I could really be a talented player.
“That’s when I started focusing on it more, especially into high school. … I put the stamp on football hard when I got here because I wanted to be the best. I started realizing it after my 10th-grade year when I became a starter. I was succeeding, and others were telling me: You can do something with this.”
As a running back at Southern, Moseley grew into a key player for head coach Darryl Brown’s program. Over the last three years, the Storm went 27-9, winning a share of the Mid-Piedmont 3A title in 2011 and winning the outright title in 2012.
Moseley, whose mother died his junior year just before the playoffs and whose teammates and friends rallied around him, ran for 2,426 yards (averaging 186.6 yards per game) and scored 36 touchdowns in helping lead Southern to the third round of the playoffs as a senior.
“First of all, he’s been an outstanding player for us,” Brown says. “He’s done a lot of great things the last three years and been a big part of our success. But, more than that, he’s been a kid who’s worked really hard academically and athletically.
“He doesn’t say a whole lot as a leader, but the kids see how hard he works. Nobody’s perfect, but for the most part he’s been doing the right thing. So, he’s been a big leader in our program in how he’s gone about doing things.”
Moseley, a three-time all-conference selection and MPC Offensive Player of the Year and Carolina Preps 3A All-State selection as a senior, narrowed his choices to include N.C. Central, N.C. A&T, Winston-Salem State and Appalachian State. But it was ODU that won out.
“When I went down there, I was just astonished at how good of a program it is,” says Moseley, who added ODU runs a similar spread offense to Southern. “The coaches there want to know you more on a personal level. So, it made my decision to choose them very easy.”