Had you wandered into Santa Clarita Christian’s gymnasium Friday, you might have found yourself confused.
Yes, a group of prep athletes collected along the sideline in the school’s staple black and red polos. But other people, older people, stood around in blue and yellow.
Several of the school’s coaches donned Morehead State University gear in honor of senior wide receiver Jacob Moss, who signed Friday with the Kentucky-based NCAA Division 1 FCS program, becoming the first Cardinal to sign D1 since the team switched to 11-man football in 2011.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be like that, having everyone there,” Moss said of the ceremony. “So it felt great having all my teammates there, knowing that they really care and they like to see their teammate succeed. It meant a lot having the coaches there in the Morehead gear.”
Moss holds the school’s career records for catches and receiving yards and broke Cardinal single-season marks as a senior with 112 catches and 1,601 yards.
Friday, he posed with teammates, family (his father Garrick has been the school’s head football coach since 1998) and well-wishers as he put pen to paper on a scholarship that materialized quickly.
Moss entered Morehead’s radar roughly a month ago, his game tape suddenly like money burning a hole in the Beaker coaching staff’s pocket.
He quickly received a scholarship offer and took his official visit last weekend.
“It was nice knowing that the coaches actually wanted me,” Moss said, “getting there and the head coach telling me they want me on the team and want me to be part of it.”
Moss is the second Cardinals football player to sign Division 1. Collin Keoshian, playing 8-man, signed with Brigham Young University seven years ago.
Morehead State finished 4-7 last season, but averaged 310.55 yards per game through the air.
Moss wasn’t the only Santa Clarita Valley product to sign Friday. Golden Valley’s leading tackler in 2016, senior Darius Anthony, sealed his commitment to NCAA Division 3 Whittier College.
Anthony made 150 total tackles this season (a program single-season record), helping Golden Valley to the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 semifinals.
To call it an outbreak season would be an understatement for a player who made 10 tackles on varsity as a junior.
“It’s like I was in a little shell, but then I just came out and it’s just amazing,” Anthony told The Signal in November. “No one expected me to become some star on defense, but like, it happened.”