Randy Moss is one of the most controversial football players of recent memory but, over the 30 years that I have been evaluating high school athletes, he was the best I ever observed.
I caught him early. He already had been discovered in Charleston, West Virginia. But he wasn't known nationally. I found out about him when he was a sophomore. I was watching film on another prospect in Pittsburgh's football office and a coach suggested that I should check out a sophomore in Belle, West Virginia.
It was Randy Moss. I still think he is the best high school player I have ever seen.
I started to talk about him. I mentioned him to Sports Illustrated and USA Today. He emerged as the best player in the country in 1994.
Personally, we always got along. I never had any confrontations with him. But there was one incident when he was a senior. We were flying the top 25 players in the country to a television show in Orlando, Florida. The producer said Moss was on the plane. But when it landed, he was nowhere to be found. His mother said he decided to go to a mall instead.
Moss was in a class with Charles Woodson, Rickey Williams, Jevone Kearse, Cory Simon and Ahman Green, one of the most talented classes in the last two decades. It included two future Heisman Trophy winners.
How good was Moss?
His senior highlight film drew more oohs and aahs than anyone else in his class.