Tennessee star commits to Vols with wild checkerboard hairstyle

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally
Charles Mosley's unique hairstyle made it clear he was going to be a Tennessee Vol — Twitter
Charles Mosley's unique hairstyle made it clear he was going to be a Tennessee Vol — Twitter

Well, this is a first.

In the pantheon of unique ways for a high school athlete to commit to a college program, Brighton High (Brighton, Tenn.) senior offensive lineman Charles Mosley belongs near the top after he announced his pledge to Tennessee via social media (no news there) … with his manicured, dyed hair (Wait, what?).

On Monday, Mosley posted photos of both sides of his head on Twitter. The senior's new haircut was adorned with the checkerboard pattern from Tennessee's end zones and the words "Vols" and "UT." His message? "I'm officially committed to the University of Tennessee."

We would hope so.

It's worth noting that Mosley isn't the first high school sports star to commit to a collegiate program with his hair. After his senior season at Tilton School in New Hampshire, 76ers injured rookie center Nerlens Noel announced he would attend Kentucky on national television by removing a hat to reveal a Kentucky logo shaved into the back of his flat top.

Mosley's hairstyle was both more elaborate and colorful, so we're inclined to give him the nod if the two were involved in a hairstyle showdown.

According to Rivals.com affiliate VolQuest, Mosley actually committed to the program more than two weeks ago during a visit to Knoxville. He kept from officially announcing his intentions to the world until he devised a way to do so that would stand out. We’d say he succeeded in that.

"I've known for months. I've known for a while, " Mosley told VolQuest. "I just wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing. I started liking Auburn some, but I have no doubts about my decision. I know I want to go to Tennessee and be a Tennessee Vol."

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