2012 Top Target: LB/RB Kwontie Moore

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Having earned three FBS-level scholarship offers, Kwontie Moore already had good reason to feel good in this his junior year. Last month, though, the 6-1, 242-pound running back/linebacker felt even better when he helped Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, VA) capture its first ever state championship.

“[Winning a state title] took a lot of discipline,” Moore said. Norfolk Christian, which started its football program in 2005, captured the VISAA Division III title with a 29-14 win over North Cross on November 20. “We kept going and finished it through.”

Before the 8th grade, Moore moved from Huntsville (AL) to Norfolk (VA) — “My aunt and uncle said there were better opportunities up here,” he said — and he’s happy with the move. He played 8th grade football, playing defensive end and wide receiver, becoming particularly fond of the defensive side of the ball. As the years have progressed, Moore has shown his ability on offense and defense.

“My freshman year, I began to run the ball more. I had over 1,000 yards rushing last year,” said Moore, who also had 400 yards receiving and close to 100 tackles in 2009. “My maturity has developed. My body has developed. My quickness is better. I’m faster. Step by step, I’ve just tried to be coachable and do what the coaches tell me.”

Moore started at running back and linebacker for the Ambassadors this past season. Despite his linebacker-like physique, he also saw action at wide receiver and as a return man on special teams. The latter fact gives an indication of Moore’s athletic ability, which has caught the attention of many major FBS coaches.

“I have offers from UNC, UVa, Virginia Tech, and N.C. State has also said they want me,” Moore said. “I wasn’t able to make as many visits as I would’ve liked this year, but some SEC schools like Arkansas and Georgia have said they would offer if I visit.”

Moore is a productive running back, but he feels his best position ultimately may be middle linebacker, which is the position most college coaches have mentioned. At the Nike Camp at Virginia Tech in May, he worked out at linebacker and felt he stacked up well to other players.

“I was just looking at all the seniors there. We were all matching up each other physically,”