June 17, 2008

Moore talks about his Ole Miss offer

Less than a week after camping at Ole Miss and being disappointed and frustrated over the lack of an offer by the Rebel staff, Louisville, Miss. three-star quarterback Clayton Moore got his way on Monday.

Within hours of RebelSports.net breaking the story that signee Chris Wilkes had signed with the San Diego Padres, the Rebel staff got word to Moore that he has an offer to be a Rebel.

"I was watching Tiger Woods make the winning putt at the US Open and I got a call from my high school coach that I had been offered by Ole Miss," Moore told RebelSports.net late Monday evening. "It feels great, it's my first offer from an SEC school and that's important to me."

While there had been speculation that Moore might jump on an Ole Miss offer and commit as soon as offered, that's not the case.

"I'm waiting to see which other schools offer," Moore said. "I don't want to jump on one school right now and then have another school offer only to realize that I should have waited. When I commit, that will be it. I don't want to be one of those that commits, de-commits, and recommits. When I commit, I want it (recruiting) to be over."

"Right now, I have 16 or 17 offers," he continued. "Louisville, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are the most important ones and are the schools I'm looking at closely."

Moore recently camped at Kentucky and Tennessee and plans on being at Florida this week.

At Tennessee, he said he threw the ball well and had an overall good camp, but turned in a disappointing 40-yard dash time.

"At Kentucky, I ran a 4.7 flat 40-yard dash and ran a 4.74 the second time," Moore said. "At Tennessee, I don't know what it was - my shoes, my mechanics, or what, but I ran a 5.0 the first time and a 4.83 the second time. One of the Tennessee coaches noticed some things wrong with my mechanics and the way I was coming out of my stance. Those are disappointing times and I know I'm faster than that."

Moore, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with a listed 40-time of 4.7 seconds and rated the number 20 pro-style passer by Rivals.com, talked about his camp and Ole Miss and the frustration over not receiving an offer.

"I had my mind set that if I went to Ole Miss' camp and had a good camp, that I'd come away with an offer," he said. "I got some positive reviews from Coach (Houston) Nutt. He even told me that my film didn't do me justice in showing how well I threw the ball and that if I showed leadership and toughness, I could really be a good quarterback."

With those comments, Moore said he thought and offer was coming, but the issue was not addressed again by Nutt, leaving Moore to prod of offensive coordinator Kent Austin to see an offer was coming. It didn't.

But the situation fixed itself for Moore on Monday.

As soon as the staff got word of Wilkes bolting to San Diego, Nutt wasted no time in getting word to Moore's high school coach that the Rebels were offering.

"I haven't called coach Nutt yet," Moore said. "I will real soon."

For now, Moore intends to continue on the camp circuit and has no immediate plans to commit to Ole Miss or any other team.

"Only time will tell if I commit to Ole Miss," he said. "I'm not going to reveal what I'm going to do until the last card is dealt."

That means that other teams where Moore has recently visited or plans to visit could become players should they offer. Otherwise, it appears to be a race among Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Louisville.

Moore did say that he would like to have his decision made between early August and the end of August - definitely before he enters his senior season in high school.

Moore threw for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for 850 more with a total of 40 touchdowns last fall, leading his high school team to the state championship.

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