August 25, 2010

Moore plans to be at Rocky Mountain Showdown

While he has his sights set on the start of his senior year and an opening night tilt with Chaparral High, Denver running back Adonis Ameen-Moore has a keen understanding of the significance of Sept. 4 to Colorado college football fans. Moore said he is very familiar with the Rocky Mountain Showdown, scheduled for next weekend at Invesco Field and plans to be there in person.

"Oh, I will definitely be there," Moore said of the Colorado-Colorado State game. "I don't know whose side I'll be on, but I'll definitely be there."

Moore goes nearly six feet tall and weighs 215 pounds. As a sophomore, Moore ran for 1,399 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last season he added 1,196 yards and 15 touchdowns to his career totals. Moore's scholarship list includes Colorado State, Colorado, Kansas State, Northwestern and Syracuse.

He said he has official visits set to Syracuse on Oct. 16, Kansas State and Northwestern already, but does hold a special place in his heart for the in-state Rams and Buffaloes.

"I like them both a lot," Moore said. "I am from Colorado and they get the most love for any school right out of the gate. I like CSU a lot. I went there a couple weeks ago to watch the scrimmage. I like what Coach is doing up there and they have a freshman quarterback that they are going to start. He is a four-star from Cali. They have a lot of young linemen coming in there too.

"I like CU too, but the only thing about CU is they brought in five freshman running backs and then (former Mullen running back) Josh Ford walked on this year for six freshmen running backs. And you never know, there might be a coaching change."

Moore said he has also noticed a number of running backs on the depth chart coming out of Fort Collins. He said that means a lot since he hopes to make an impact as a true freshman.

"They both have a lot of running backs," Moore said of CU and CSU. "I'm talking to the coaches about it and they say not to worry about it, but it is tough not to think about."

"The biggest thing is to see if I have at least a chance to play as a true freshman," he said. "That is why I like Syracuse and K-State so much."

While he said he is putting his recruitment on the back burner right now, Moore said he is scheduling some official visits. He said he likes different things about the three schools he has already scheduled visits to.

"At Syracuse, I just like the coaching staff a lot and I've never been to New York," Moore said. (Former Michigan running back) Tyrone Wheatley is their running back coach and we have similar running styles. He has things he can teach me about moving as a big back.

"K-State is not too far away. The only thing I don't like about them is you don't know how long Coach (Bill) Snyder is going to be there.

"The only problem with Northwestern is they run that spread, but you can move to a two-back set out of that too. I love Coach Fitzgerald and think they are doing a real good job up there."

Moore, who said his 40-time sits at a 4.57, said he has been impressed as Denver Mullen's fall practices and is looking forward to trying to three-peat as state champions. The Mullen Mustangs will get a good idea for how good they are next Friday as they take on Chaparral in a game that could easily be a match-up of the two top teams in the state and feature as many as seven Division I prospects.

"I think we are looking pretty good," Moore said. "We are looking really good. The defense needs a little bit of work, but the offense is looking really crisp, its like we never stopped playing from last year. The game with Chaparral is going to be a good one. I am pretty sure it is going to be number one against number two, it is going to be a good one."

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