March 26, 2009
Texas sleeper emerging
Rowlett, Texas is home to one of the Lone Star state's more intriguing prospects. That is where you will find sleeper defensive end Damontre Moore who stands 6-foot-6, 222-pounds. Moore, who starred for the Eagles in his first year on the varsity in 2008, has garnered increased interest since an impressive performance at the National Underclassman Combine last week.
Moore was getting the strongest interest early on from two Mountain West teams and has since heard from a big 12 school as well.
"I don't have any offers yet," he said. "UNLV and TCU are showing the most interest. UNLV started at the end of basketball season and TCU started a few weeks later. They've been sending a lot of mail. UNLV coaches said they would be down here in the spring. My coach said the TCU coach stopped by and was asking about me, I haven't talked to any of them yet, but I've been receiving mail. I also just received a letter from Nebraska today."
Moore, who also boasts a 4.7 forty says he wants to find a place that fits him well on the football field and will give him an opportunity to study engineering.
"I'm looking for a place where I can play good football," he said. "I'm also looking for a place that has a good engineering program. I want to get my education along with playing football at the next level."
After an impressive performance at the underclassman combine where he earned the defensive line MVP award, Moore says he's glad he had the chance to see how his skills match up against other top prospects.
"It was very exciting," he said. "That was only my first big combine like that. There was a lot of talent out there, I felt I had to bring my "A" game. I had to just step up to the plate and show the coaches what I had to bring to the table."
In 2008 Moore had 39 tackles on the gridiron before averaging 7 points a game for the basketball team where he has played since he was a sophomore. Moore says playing basketball helped him make the transition to the defensive line.
"I feel my best strength is my speed because I'm not as big as the other guys, I'm not as strong or as physical yet. As far as the weight room I'm not as strong as them but I feel like I rise to the occasion when it's time to use my strength. Guys underestimate me and don't think I'm as strong as I should be. Basketball helps me with my speed and endurance because being in basketball shape is different from being in football shape."
TCU has caught Moore's attention the last few years and is one of the schools he has a close eye on.
"They're program is real good program," he said. "From what I've been looking at the last few years, they have a tremendous defense."
It's going to be a busy summer for Moore as he tries to balance his basketball schedule and make time to visit potential schools.
"I'm going try to," Moore answered on visit plans. "Whoever asks me to come visit I'll try too, but I play basketball too."
So is there a decision to make for football or basketball?
"I'd love to do both, but which ever sport gives me a full ride then I'd like to go there."
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