Kyle Moses can't wait to play college lacrosse, but the 2011 Olentangy High School graduate knows that he will have to be patient.

Kyle Moses can't wait to play college lacrosse, but the 2011 Olentangy High School graduate knows that he will have to be patient.

A defender who recently became the first player in the history of the Braves' program to be named All-American, Moses has signed with High Point University in North Carolina. Last September, High Point announced it was adding lacrosse as part of a $2.1 billion growth plan, but the team will not play its first varsity game until the 2013 season.

"At first, I'll admit I was skeptical," Moses said. "Like anyone else, I wanted to go somewhere and play right away. But I'm not going to be losing a year of eligibility. It's going to give the team some time to get used to playing with each other.

"It's going to be a little weird next spring. We don't have any games to look forward to, but I think in the long run it's going to work out for the best. We get to learn what collegiate lacrosse is like before we ever take the field."

High Point will become the third Division I lacrosse program in North Carolina, joining Duke and the University of North Carolina.

Until last fall, Moses hadn't heard of High Point, a school nestled in the Appalachian region of North Carolina, and probably still wouldn't know about it if not for coach Jon Torpey.

A 2000 graduate of Ohio State, Torpey was an associate coach at Dartmouth College who tried to recruit Moses to play for the Big Green. When Torpey was named coach at High Point, Moses was one of the first players he called.

"Kyle is the type of guy we want to build our program with," Torpey said. "More than being a great lacrosse player, he's a fantastic guy. He's a great student as well as a great lacrosse player. He's the total package."

"To be honest, I had no idea High Point existed," Moses said. "(Torpey) called me, I went there and committed to the program a couple of weeks after hearing about it. It's a beautiful campus. It has a great Southern feel to it. Everyone we met down there would say hello and asked me what we thought about the place."

A former football player, Moses prides himself on being able to deliver solid hits.

"I like to give out hard checks," he said. "A lot of guys avoid me in practice."

Torpey first analyzed Moses' game at the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip lacrosse camp at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County last summer.

"We were looking for guys who were good on the ball, off the ball and with the ball," Torpey said. "I loved what Kyle was doing off the ball and covering the ball. I think he's going to be great in helping others learn what we want to do."

Moses also participated in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic last July at Towson University in Maryland. He said he learned a lot about his game at the lacrosse showcases.

"I was exposed to the best players and the best coaching in the country," he said. "I tried to make a mental notebook of what I was seeing and hearing there. I tried to take a little bit of the things I learned and incorporate that into my game."

This spring, Moses helped Olentangy finish 11-8 overall. The Braves lost to New Albany 12-5 in the first round of the Division II regional tournament.

Moses was named first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and second-team all-state and was one of six central Ohio players to be named to the All-American team.

"Kyle has been a huge asset to the program," Braves coach Mike Kinney said. "He is a guy that takes lacrosse very seriously. He has helped raised the bar for future defenders at Olentangy."

Olentangy graduate Kyle Moses, the first Braves player to be named an All-American, has signed to play at High Point University in North Carolina.