July 16, 2009

Massive JUCO DT chasing a dream

Akeem Moore's football career was not headed in the direction that he wanted so in April he decided to make a change.

The can't miss prospect from Selma, Ala., as a junior in high school had verbal offers from Alabama, Memphis and Georgia Tech. But coaching changes at all three schools and a late ACT score landed the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder at Alabama A&M.

After redshirting his freshman year Moore made the decision to transfer to Itawamba Community College this year to keep his dream of playing Division-I football alive.

Moore spent his only season in Normal, Ala., playing offensive line for the Bulldogs but decided things just were just not working out there.

"It was due to some difficulties about the way things were run at Alabama A&M," Moore said. "From my perspective I just couldn't see myself playing for them because it just felt more like a high school than it did a university, that's campus-wise and football-wise. I just couldn't see myself staying there period so after spring practice I talked to the coach about releasing me."

Moore made the decision to go to transfer to a junior college rather than a larger school so that he would not have to sit out and lose a year of eligibility. He began contacting Northeast, East Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Itawamba and Copiah-Lincoln around mid-April about the possibility of playing there. But ICC seemed to stand out above the others to him.

"What all the other coaches told me sounded good but it was just something about when Coach (Jeff) Terrill contacted me when I was at the doctor's office that really caught my attention," Moore said. "It was a call of a lifetime. He was telling me about how Coach (Kenneth) Jackson had put out players to some big Division-I, four-year schools. That's what really made me choose to come here."

Moore arrived on the Fulton, Miss., campus on June 28 hoping to follow in the footsteps of former ICC defensive line standout Pernell McPhee, the All-American who led the nation in sacks the past two seasons and moved on to Mississippi State.

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