January 12, 2012

UGA makes pitch to Moore

The offers are coming in for MLK's Jordan Moore almost as fast as he can run.

As the nation's top-ranked high school hurdler, that's pretty quick.

The question is, are the schools that are just now making their pitch too late to reel in his services? Georgia hopes that is not the case.

In the past two months, Moore's offer sheet has exploded, going from under 10 to what Moore says is now just under 20, including the one he received from the Bulldogs and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner Wednesday night.

Moore said the Bulldogs have their work cut out, but he will approach any future talks with an open mind.

"It's not a bad effect because I'm a home-town guy," said Moore, when asked whether or not the late offer puts Georgia at a disadvantage. "They'll just have to work like everybody else, although I actually wanted Georgia before Georgia wanted me. They shut me off at first, so when they came back and offered me I was like 'OK, are you offering just because everybody else is offering me, or what?' But it's a great thing in the end."

The Bulldogs haven't been the only school to jump in late for the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder.

Moore said he also just received offers from Penn State and Auburn to go along with ones he also received from the likes of Michigan State, North Carolina State and Ohio State.

With three weeks to go before Signing Day, Moore knows he doesn't have long to decide.

He'll take an official visit to Auburn on Saturday before heading out to Texas Christian on Jan. 20. That will leave Jan. 27 - the last weekend before Signing Day on Feb. 1 - available to make any last-minute trips.

The question is, where will that final visit be?

"I haven't decided yet," Moore said. "I just know it's the last weekend I'll have a chance to make an official."

It's no wonder Moore is getting the attention that he is.

As the two-time defending Class AAAA champion in the 110 high hurdles while attending Union Grove, Moore transferred to MLK where he resumed the football position he'd always been asked to play - wide receiver - to take advantage of his 4.37 speed.

But following a high ankle sprain, that caused him to miss some time, Moore was switched to safety with three games left to play in the 2011 campaign.

"I guess I just kind of blew up," said Moore, who is actually committed to LSU to run track, but wants to play football as well.

"I had a lot of fun playing back there," Moore said of safety. "It opened a whole new horizon for m, I really felt free."

Of course, Moore isn't the only player from MLK to be receiving attention from some big-time programs.

Fellow defensive back Jarnor Jones is verbally committed to N.C. State, while defensive end/outside linebacker Kenderius Whitehead is down to a handful of schools, including the Wolfpack, Georgia and Clemson.

Moore said he and Whitehead have talked about playing at the same school.

"We have, but in the end I'm going to do what's best for me," Moore said. "I'm just excited to be having the opportunity."