Demetri Moore decided to give up football following his freshman year of high school. The reason? Moore, who now stands 6’6” and weighs close to 290 pounds, didn’t think he had the size to make it far on the gridiron.
“When I stopped playing football my freshman year, it was due to a lot of things. I started playing football when I was seven. I was playing Pee-Wee football. I loved it, but when I was around my family I was always the smallest in my family. I was just told football was not the way to go. My freshman year, I saw that. I didn’t have the size,” Moore said.
A growth spurt prompted Moore to give football another shot. Following his junior year of high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, Moore moved in with his grandparents, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Huffman High School his senior year and played on the varsity football squad.
“Later on, when I was a junior, God blessed me with size. My head wasn’t right, but my grandparents got me right and made sure I had a good head on my shoulders,” Moore said.
College coaches noticed the athleticism Moore brought to the offensive tackle position his senior season; however, at only 230 pounds, he still didn’t have the look of a major college offensive tackle. Moore moved on to Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorehead, Mississippi, in late summer/fall of 2014. On and off the field, he has taken advantage of the opportunity.
“I realized I couldn’t focus on football alone. That’s why I focused on my grades. My first semester at Mississippi Delta, I had a 3.8 GPA. I’d never gotten three-point-anything before (laughs). When I did that, I was proud to call home and let them know how I was doing,” Moore said.
“My development has just been real,” Moore said of his athletic development. “I definitely didn’t see it coming from high school and being a basketball player. The only thing people liked about me in high school was how I moved as a tackle. I ain’t going to lie… I was getting thrown around pretty good my senior year. I’ve still got areas I need to work on. I thank the coaches at Mississippi Delta, and I know I’m going to be playing for the right staff at Virginia Tech.”
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