April 21, 2008

Cougars first to offer Prosser standout

Kirby Moore was a major piece on Prosser (Wash.) High's dominant football squad last fall. The Mustangs beat their opponents by an average of 44 points en route to a 2A state championship.

Moore was a first-team all-state selection on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and safety. He hauled in an eye-opening 74 receptions and recorded five interceptions. Moore scored 192 points, 78 more than Washington bound wide receiver Cody Bruns.

"I think my best attribute as a wide receiver is my ability to attack the ball when it's up in the air," said Moore, who stands 6-foot-3, 205-pounds. "I also have a good knowledge of the game with my dad (Tom Moore) being my head coach [at Prosser]. I am able to read defenses and see how the guy is playing me. That helps me get open."

Moore picked up his first scholarship offer from Washington State earlier this spring.

"The offer caught me by surprise just because it was quite early," he said. "Getting that first offer definitely takes some stress out of the whole situation.

"I went up to Washington State to watch a couple spring practices on April 6th and 7th. It was a fun two days. They are changing to a new style of offense, they are kind of creating a different atmosphere around the program."

Moore had said in an earlier Rivals.com update that he favored the Cougars. But he said on Sunday that he is trying to keep an open mind and does not have a recruiting favorite.

"I'm just giving it time," Moore said. "I would probably like to make a decision by the early part of my senior season but if I'm not ready then, I will keep waiting it out."

Moore has also drawn early interest from Stanford and Boise State. He currently plans to attend camps at both colleges this summer.

"With Stanford I need to get a certain score on the SAT, which I am taking on May 3rd," Moore said. "I think Coach [Justin] Wilcox is coming to my school this week from Boise State. My brother [Kellen Moore] is a quarterback at Boise [State]."

Moore could project on either side of the ball for college.

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