The Oklahoman’s Super 30: Broken Arrow’s Darryan Moss looking to fulfill promise he made to father on death bed in 2017
BROKEN ARROW — Darryan Moss had one thing he needed to say.
With his father, Lloyd Moss III, on his death bed in November 2017, Darryan composed himself and delivered a farewell message.
“I made a promise to him that I was going to play Division I football,” he said.
Darryan is on track to fulfilling his vow.
He is one of the state’s top linebacker prospects and holds offers from Buffalo, Eastern Michigan and New Mexico, among others.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder is No. 25 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the best 2021 recruits in the state.
Each offer Darryan receives reminds him of the promise he made to his father and the close relationship they had.
While growing up in Muskogee, Darryan bonded with his dad through sports. Lloyd coached Darryan and his four brothers as he worked as an assistant at Muskogee High.
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Their bond continued as Darryan began his high school career at Tulsa Victory Christian, even though Lloyd still coached in Muskogee.
Darryan was devastated after his father’s unexpected death of a heart attack. He was also motivated to improve as a player.
“That was the only thing I had a passion to do was play football,” he said.
Darryan and his older brother, Jaylen, transferred to Broken Arrow after Lloyd died.
“Me and my brother wanted to play at the highest level in Oklahoma,” Darryan said of their decision to transfer.
Darryan immediately made an impact at Broken Arrow, earning significant playing time as a sophomore and helping the Tigers win their first state title.
He was more dominant last year, finishing with 87 tackles and leading Broken Arrow to the Class 6A-I state semifinals.
“He’s a coach’s dream,” Broken Arrow coach David Alexander said. “Everything he does is exactly what we’re hoping to get out of a kid. He busts his tail every day.”
Darryan is enjoying the attention from colleges and wants to carefully weigh his options before deciding where to play.
“I’ve been talking to (Oklahoma State) and Texas Tech and (Kansas) State, so I’m just going with the flow,” he said. “Waiting for a Power Five offer.”
Darryan said he has some things to prove this year.
At the same time, he wants to savor his final high school season and is eager to line up on offense.
“I’m going to be playing a little bit of running back,” he said. “Stay tuned.”
The Oklahoman’s Super 30
Name: Darryan Moss
School: Broken Arrow
Super 30 ranking: No. 25
Weight: 225 pounds
Recruited by: Abilene Christian, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Houston Baptist, New Mexico, Texas State, Weber State
About the series
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2021 class. The series continued Thursday with No. 25, Broken Arrow’s Darryan Moss. See No. 24 on the list in Friday’s edition of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we’ve featured:
No. 29: Cameron Little, K/P, Southmoore
No. 28: Sherrod Davis, WR/DB, Del City
No. 27: Robert Mbroh, QB/OLB, Heritage Hall
No. 26: Isaac Smith, DL, Wagoner
No. 25: Darryan Moss, LB, Broken Arrow