"He has very talented ball skills," said Randle head coach Shane Handy. "Juval has great leaping ability. He's 6-4 and I think he's growing into his body as we speak. He lifts really hard in the weight room. I think he has the build and the physique to be a 200-pounder in a couple of years… He does a great job blocking – he'll hit you and does not mind being physical. He enjoys blocking and enjoys his other teammates catching the ball – great team player. He's a leader, even for as young as he is… He's not a big talker."
Prior to entering high school, Mollette had almost exclusively played cornerback. As a freshman on the junior varsity squad, he began playing wide receiver and the Randleman coaching staff noticed his potential. The following season, he was promoted to varsity and had a breakout campaign catching 63 passes for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"It was really fun and exciting, but I had a really good quarterback and a good line that helped me succeed," Mollette said.
A quartet of in-state schools have already offered Mollette a scholarship – Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.
"It's really exciting, but like Coach Handy told me ‘Just stay humble and don't stop working,'" Mollette said.
To get ahead of the recruiting process, Mollette attended several football games last football season. His schedule included games at Clemson (vs. NC State), Duke (vs. Clemson and UNC), UNC (vs. East Carolina and NC State), NC State (vs. Florida State and Boston College), and Wake Forest (vs. Duke).
"I was pretty lucky, because I don't think I went to one game that was totally boring," Mollette said. "They were all exciting."
That excitement included a couple electrifying endings, like Gio Bernard's 74-yard punt return to lift UNC past NC State.
"It was kind of crazy because of where we were sitting, we were like right behind [Bernard]," Mollette said. "As soon as you saw the kick and as soon as you saw him catch it, you just saw a big wall of Carolina players. You knew with Gio's speed he was going to return it. The closer he got to the end zone, the more hyped the crowd got and everybody was just going crazy."
In December, Mollette returned to Chapel Hill for the UNC-East Carolina basketball. He also plans to attend the Tar Heels' Junior Day later this month.
"I like Carolina, but I like all the schools that are interested in me," Mollette said. "They all play a spread offense and throw the ball a lot."
Mollette plays AAU basketball and is also the starting forward on Randleman's team… Mollette's first love is basketball. Growing up, he says he was a "big" UNC basketball game, but didn't follow the football team much.