It was difficult for Quandre Mosely to recall the most important thing he learned in two years at junior college Eastern Arizona.
Two years removed from his choice in taking the long route to playing big time college football, Mosely parlayed his decision into a scholarship to Kentucky on Wednesday during the early signing period.
The second-ranked JUCO safety recruit in the country, the Glynn Academy alumnus turned down offers from Oregon and Utah when he put on a Kentucky hat at the ESPN Radio Coastal Georgia studio at the Glynn Place Mall.
“I learned everything,” Mosely said of his time in Arizona. “How to be a man of my word in everything that I do…
“I learned how to grind harder.”
A wide receiver at Glynn Academy, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Mosely was didn’t receive much buzz during the recruiting process his senior year, but he never doubted his ability to play Division I football.
“I mean, probably not SEC, but I knew I was going to a major D1,” Mosely said when asked if he ever saw himself signing with a program like Kentucky two years ago. “I just had to wait my turn.”
While waiting his turn, Mosely balled out at Eastern Arizona.
As a sophomore, the Brunswick native tallied 32 tackles, including three tackles for a loss, six interceptions (tied for first among teams in the Western States Football League), and a fumble recovery as the last line of defense on a unit that held opponents to 245.6 yards and 17.2 points per game.
Mosely also recorded 138 of team’s 388 receiving yards and two of three receiving touchdowns on just four receptions and was named to the NJCAA’s All-American second team, as well as the WSFL’s All-League and All-Region teams.
In two seasons with the Gila Monsters, Mosely recorded 62 tackles and 11 interceptions returned for 302 combined yards and four touchdowns as the program went 17-7.
When it came down to choosing where he’d transfer after Eastern Arizona, Mosely made the somewhat shocking choice of Kentucky, where he’d taken an official visit on Dec. 7.
It was a combination of the university’s classes and the opportunity to play early that ultimately lured the JUCO safety.
“They had the best academics,” Mosely said. “And outside academics and football, it just felt like home. Everything just felt natural.
“Everybody was close, everybody was one, and that’s what I love.”
Another factor working in Kentucky’s favor was its proximity to Brunswick. Though 654 miles to Lexington is no short trip, it’s nearly three times shorter than the trek it required to travel to Thatcher, Ariz., for a game at Eastern Arizona.
“It feels great,” Mosely said of being closer to home. “My family can come to the games, and it’s bigger games. They can actually see me do me on a bigger stage.”