For the longest time, Cuyler “Stuckey” Mosley had no idea which sport he would pursue in college as he progressed through his high school years.
Like many two-sport stars, however, the decision is often made for them, and that’s how things turned out for Mosley.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback and shooting guard at Orlando Timber Creek, saw the writing on the wall through numerous college basketball scholarship offers and he finally made a decision Sunday to commit to the Toledo hoops program.
He picked the Rockets after a visit to the Ohio school two weeks ago and he’s content with a decision finally in hand.
“It feels good and I’m excited and looking forward to watching how they do this season,” Mosley said of the Rockets. “They are the preseason No. 1 in the MAAC and hopefully they can get to the tournament and I can see how they do. I can’t wait to get up there in June and work for a spot.”
Mosley said the decision to choose basketball was always in the back of his mind.
“I’ve always kind of liked basketball a little bit more than football, but I was always good at both,” he said. “I decided I wanted to go with basketball because I got a lot more attention in basketball from bigger schools. I still got some looks in football, but not from as big of schools.
“It was a little difficult, but it wasn’t hard once I started getting all these offers for basketball and I decided basketball was going to be it.”
Mosley had 15 other scholarship offers from FAU, Southern Miss, Rhode Island, Boston U., Kansas State, Jacksonville U., North Florida, Morgan State, Cornell, Rider, Drexel, Albany, William & Mary, Boise State, Brown and Columbia.
Toledo, however, stood out enough to cause him to commit early enough that he could sign during the early November signing period.
“I just really liked the coaches and on my visit I saw how they interacted with the players,” Mosley said. “I saw how the players really like the coaches and the coaches really like the players. ... I also like that I have a chance to play early for a good team.”
Mosley averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a game at Timber Creek last season and he has the ability to play both shooting guard and the point, something Toledo coaches liked right away.
“They like the fact that I have versatility and they definitely like the way I shoot the ball,” Mosley said. “They say they want me to come in and play early.”
His visit coincided with a Toledo football weekend, during which the Rockets defeated Eastern Washington 33-21.
“I liked the school and the whole set-up and everything,” he said. “They have great fan support and great facilities. The facilities really impressed me. I wasn’t expecting that.
"They have a really nice football stadium and the [basketball] arena is very nice … a lot bigger than I expected. They had the leading attendance for the MAAC last year. They also actually have an indoor football field too, 100 yards ... the facilities are just really nice.”
With his decision made, he can now focus more on the current football season. It didn’t start off the way the Class 8A, District 3 runners-up were expecting with a 35-0 loss to Dr. Phillips. The Wolves are now 2-1.
“I think we’re getting better each week,” Mosley said. “It was definitely a disappointing loss to DP the first game, but I think that helped us in a way. We know what we have to do and how much work we have to do. I think we thought we were better than we were, but now we’re getting better and that’s a good thing.”
Last football season, Mosley threw for 1,297 yards and 13 touchdowns on 91-of-155 passing, in an offense that was mostly run-first. In three games this season, he's 20-for-33 for 279 yards and a touchdown.
Stuckey will be the third sibling of the Mosley family to venture into college athletics. Brother Dean Mosley, who played at Orlando Agape Christian, is a quarterback sitting out a transfer season at Temple, after coming over from Wagner College. Sister Jordan, also a basketball shooting guard, transferred this offseason, as well, moving to Seton Hall from LaSalle. She also played at Timber Creek.
“We have a sports family,” Stuckey said. “They congratulated me and they’re happy for me and wished me luck when I get there. They are all very supportive.”
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