Since he committed to Missouri in June, Fort Zumwalt West athlete T.J. Moe has become known as another recruiter for the University of Missouri. For Moe, the reason he recruits is simple. Wouldn't you want your friends to come down to school with you?
"Mostly, I talk to in-state kids, and the biggest thing is that we have all gotten to be good buddies," Moe said. "We went to a lot of camps together. A lot of the prospects I have been in touch with I have actually known them and stuff, and I think it would be fun to have them as my teammates. Also, you want talent around you, and you don't want to just go to a program and have no other recruits with you, so we're trying to have a good team, and I might as well be recruiting."
Although he is known for recruiting, Moe has also raised eyebrows with his performance on the field, especially down the stretch for his team. His performance did not go unnoticed. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch named Moe All-Metro Offensive Player of the year, and he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Missouri.
"They called me like a week-and-a-half beforehand, and they said it was for the Post-Dispatch, and it was me and Terry Hawthorne, who was the defensive player of the year," he said. "I am going to be playing defense in college, and I got offensive player of the year, and he is going to be playing offense in college, and he got defensive player of the year. It's a cool thing. We took pictures and stuff, and it was a fun deal. I got Gatorade Player of the Year and a couple other awards."
With his talent behind the center, there has been some question as to whether Moe would be a good candidate for quarterback. Moe, however, expects to play safety for the Tigers.
"I will be switching over to defense hopefully and maybe be a safety," Moe said. "Their rule is that we offer you a scholarship, and if you think you can play well here, we will give you a chance to do that. So, if I really wanted to come in and play quarterback, I don't think that would be an issue. If I said I want to play wide receiver, I don't think that would be a problem. But, I am just open to whatever. I am not one of those kids who is going to come in and make demands. I am honored to just get a scholarship in that program. My first question is going to be what position do you want me to play."
Currently, Moe is finishing up his last semester at Fort Zumwalt West and will not be headed to Missouri until after he graduates. He thought about graduating early, but he was a credit short in English. Although Moe is excited about being a Tiger, there are still some things to look forward to before making the big move.
"I get to play basketball and go to prom and all that," he said. "I can't wait to get up there you know and get into the program. It's a good recruiting group. I have been communicating with them a lot. I know a lot of the players up there already. Carl Gettis went to high school with me, so we were acclimated and real good friends back here. I have just been around the program, and it's a great group of guys."
Moe plans on going to Columbia a few times for spring practice, but for now, he will continue to work hard to get his body ready for the college level.
"Basketball is cool and everything, but I am a football player," Moe said. "I have been working out everyday, trying to get stronger. Obviously, I am not big and strong enough to play at the college level yet, so I am trying to get stronger and bigger, taking protein and all that. I don't have time right now to be able to go to a trainer, but when basketball season is over, I am going to be going to an athletic trainer to get some speed on me."
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