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Davenport West's D.J. Mosley looks to cut left to get around Dubuque Senior's Martin Winders during a game last season. Mosley has signed to continue his football career at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Davenport West has won only one football game in the past two years. It isn't a recruiting hotbed for college coaches right now.

Still, that didn't deter Minnesota State-Mankato from finding a player it believes can help its program.

D.J. Mosley, who hauled in 22 receptions for 422 yards and eight touchdowns this past fall, signed a national letter of intent with the Division II program Wednesday morning.

"Throughout the recruiting process, they were always there and asking how I was doing and looking after me," Mosley said. "It felt like it could be another home for me."

Mosley attended a camp at the school in July. At that time, an offer was made. In early January, Mosley — who also had an offer from Southwest Minnesota State and discussions with many other colleges — committed to the school in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

While Mosley played on both sides of the ball at West, it looks as if he might start his college carer as a cornerback.

"I feel like I can be a ball-hawk, and I have a decent vertical," Mosley said. "I'm excited to get up there and be part of the game. They're a really good school."

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Mosley has been on the varsity squad each of the past three seasons. Despite minimal team success, he had no regrets about his experience at West.

He hopes his recruitment shows younger kids in the program that they can make it at the next level with the right work ethic.

"We're not the biggest school around Davenport right now when it comes to football, but we still keep the fight and keep competing," he said.

"Even though playing at West there were a lot of ups and downs and not having the greatest seasons, it was fun, and I'm excited to continue to play the sport that I love."


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