December 4, 2013

The more you know about Moore...

This turned out to be a different kind of Thanksgiving for Cedar Hill linebacker Richard Moore.

The 2015 recruit had been working diligently throughout the 2013 season for someone to notice. Week after week, schools came by the field house and filed his name away but nothing more. When Baylor came by recently, that changed.

During the holiday weekend, the Bears became the first to offer Moore (6-1, 205) who head coach Joey McGuire calls, "The best we have ever had.'' That's pretty flattering considering he still has another year to play.

Well, he still has more games to play this year. The Longhorns (11-2) play Denton Ryan in the Class 5A Division II Region I championship game Saturday at North Texas' Apogee Stadium.

"I had been playing my tail off and I didn't get any offers and I was getting frustrated,'' Moore said. "But coach McGuire told me to be patient and that it would happen. Then he told me that Baylor came through. It was a great feeling, and I give glory to God for having this happen.''

Cedar Hill has used Moore primarily as an inside linebacker out of its 3-4 front, which is designed to filter everything through to the linebackers. He's been extremely active because his lateral movement is his most compelling skill.

Moore already has 148 tackles including 32 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five forced fumbles.

"I think my quickness and reaction to the ball are really my strengths,'' Moore said. "I know I can get stronger and quicker, but I feel really comfortable with whatever they ask of me. I can play that nickel back, inside or outside.''

Moore has attended a couple of Baylor games this fall including the Nov. 7 blackout against Oklahoma. When he watches, he's locked on to current Bear linebacker Eddie Lackey and calls him a role model in the way he plays the position with his instincts.

"I really like the music they play because it reminds me a lot of Cedar Hill,'' he said. "I have a good feel for the fans and the environment.''

Baylor's offer may trigger more schools to follow. Moore said he's been hearing a lot from Oregon, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. When he talked to Baylor assistant Jeff Lebby, Moore said he should be going to one of Baylor's junior days in early 2014.

"It really means a lot to being recruited by Baylor,'' he said. "It's one of my top schools. It's mind blowing. But I just want to take everything in.''

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