In the end, it came down to family for Avery Moss, the Corona defensive end, who announced in the fourth quarter of the Jan. 3 inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl football game at Chase Field that he was going to the University of Nebraska.
“It was the way Nebraska came out and treated me and my family,” said Moss. “I really wanted my family to be into my decision, and Coach J.P. and Nebraska really pursued my family.”
It also helped that the Huskers had an inside track through Moss’s cousin, Todd Peat Jr., who redshirted this season at Nebraska.
“I had (him) in my ear, too, especially when I visited the campus,” said Moss. “But in the end, it was my family being on board that helped me make my final decision between Nebraska and Purdue.”
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Moss had considered several scholarship offers before narrowing his choice to Nebraska, Purdue and Arizona.
As a starter on Corona’s varsity basketball team for three years, Moss also briefly considered going somewhere that would allow him to play both sports.
“There was a time when I was thinking about only playing basketball in college,” said Moss. “And then I was really considering going to Boise State because they were telling me I could play both football and basketball.”
“Instead I decided, if I was going to let this be my last year of playing basketball, then I was going to leave it all on the court my senior year at Corona and pursue football in college.”
Moss is not going to Nebraska just to play outstanding football. He has impressive academic goals in mind as well.
“I want to major in psychology and minor in business at Nebraska,” said Moss. “I want to become an industrial or organizational psychologist. Like a psychologist in the business world.”
Corona fans can watch Moss on the basketball court. He and a couple of his other cousins, Andrus and Cassius Peat, hope to make it all the way to the 5A championship game. Andrus also has Nebraska on his short list of colleges, and was set to announce his decision at the ESPN-sponsored Under Armour All-American High School football game Jan. 5,at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.