QB Moore Tearing Up Competition

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With the commitment of Loyola (CA) quarterback Scott Deke and the transfer of former Notre Dame quarterback Chris Olsen into the program, it was very conceivable that the Virginia Cavaliers would not take any more quarterbacks in the 2004 class. That may not be true.

Along with Deke, the only other quarterback the Cavaliers have offered is East Gaston (Gastonia, NC) star Jadarian “JD” Moore. Moore, who is 6-1 ½, 215 pounds, runs a 4.75 in the 40 and is a dual threat quarterback. He visited Charlottesville last weekend to catch the game versus Duke and to find out more about the Cavaliers’ quarterback situation.

“They said the offer is still there,” said Moore of his Virginia offer. “They told me that [if I come there] the best man gets the job.”

Last Saturday’s visit marked the first time Moore had seen a college game in a stadium seating 60,000 plus. He had a great time, enjoying the atmosphere in Scott Stadium.

“Virginia’s a great school,” said Moore, who plans to visit Virginia again for the September 27th game versus Wake Forest. He also wants to check out a Wake Forest home game. “It was my first time ever being in a stadium that big. I see why the players get so pumped and play so well with the way the fans are. I could feel the energy.”

Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Gardner-Webb are the only schools to officially offer Moore. UNC, Wake Forest, and Duke are among those showing serious interest. Moore does not have a favorite at the moment, however expects to have a decision within the next month and a half.

“I’m not going to decide too soon, but I’ll know for sure within the next month or two,” said Moore. “I’m waiting to see what other schools offer. I am open right now.”

With the way Moore is playing this year, expect at least a few more offers to come in. In two games, he has completed 27 of 38 passes for 512 yards and eight touchdowns. As a junior last season, he threw for 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

East Gaston head coach Mark Latham compares Moore favorably with a more publicized North Carolina quarterback, Florida Gator freshman Chris Leak.

“I am comfortable saying JD is like Chris Leak,” said Latham. “I played against Leak twice when I was defensive coordinator at another school. JD is very similar in stature and arm strength. They are very comparable in my opinion. JD hasn’t gotten the notoriety because we just went to a passing offense last year. Last