September 24, 2009

Moore's move to DE already paying dividends


It's a word that has been used to define high school players since college coaches started evaluating prospects. Former Texas coaches Darrell Royal used the term "suspects" instead of prospects to describe players that were more potential than reality.

Last fall, Rowlett defensive end Damontre Moore could best be described as an intriguging "suspect". He was long and rangy with good speed and the type of athleticism that is typified by someone who is good enough to play AAU basketball as Moore has done during the past few summers.

Moore had four sacks in a backup role, learning the nuances of the position while making a transition from linebacker. Nonetheless, word was already out about his combination of a 6-foot-6 frame and 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash among college recruiters who are always on the search for premier pass rushers like Moore.

Moore committed to Texas A&M in the spring on his unofficial visit to College Station. At that point, A&M head Mike Sherman knew that Moore had the "potential" to be as good of a pass rusher out of the high school ranks as A&M had secured in years. However, given Moore's limited production and playing time, he was considered to be as much "suspect" as "prospect" going into his senior season.

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