Hokies Targeting Moore

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6-2, 205-pound quarterback Clayton Moore had a terrific 2007 season, showing off ability as well as toughness in leading Louisville High School (MS) to a state championship crown. On the year, the talented junior signal caller totaled 3,890 yards of offense, including 3,046 yards passing and 844 yards rushing. He accounted for 40 touchdowns including 30 passing and 10 rushing.

“My junior season went as well as could be expected,” Moore said. “We won the state, so there is not too much else you can do. We started off 0-2, which really was a reality check to start the year. After we lost the first two, we said let’s get it together. We practiced hard, stuck together and never looked back.”

Louisville would lose only one more game in the regular season, and in that game Moore suffered a sprained MCL on the last play of the first half. The team initially went to a two-quarterback system, but that only lasted one game.

“When I got hurt, we had our backup quarterback come in for one game and do the running plays and I would come in and throw it,” Moore said. “I had to wear a brace on my knee after that. After that game, I told my coach that I don’t like someone else getting the ball. From then on out, I played through it.”

Projecting to the next level, Moore sees himself as a pass-first quarterback who has the ability to make something happen with his legs.

“I’m a passer first,” Moore said. “I don’t have blazing speed and that’s why I’m not looked at as a runner. I’m a thrower who has mobility. I can make plays outside of the pocket and I make good decisions. When I run, I run hard. I’ll lower my shoulder and get positive yards. Unless a big guy hits me in the backfield, I usually get positive yards.”

Moore’s junior season performance and his potential have drawn interest from a number of Division 1A programs, including Virginia Tech. He currently boasts 15 scholarship offers including Bowling Green, Indiana, Iowa, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa and Wisconsin, among others. Virginia Tech has yet to officially offer, but something could come very soon.

“Virginia Tech’s offer is like a verbal deal,” Moore said. “Coach said he wanted to deliver it to me in person, so it is not written in stone. I’ve been talking to Coach O’Cain about that. He said he’ll be coming down. I actually need to call him soon.”

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