Two-Sport Standout Planning Visit to Auburn

Speedy Jordan Moore's stock is on the rise as a football prospect after a strong finish to his senior season.

Lithonia, Ga.--A prospect who made a move from offense to defense as a senior has seen his stock rise because of the change, and one of the colleges interested in Jordan Moore is Auburn.

Playing for a strong football team at Martin Luther King High School, the two-sport standout opened the season at wide receiver and finished it at safety.

"All of the recruiting attention is great," said Moore, who noted that he will be in Auburn this weekend for an official visit. "It is very exciting."

Interestingly, an injury during his senior season turned out to be a good break. "I was doing great at receiver, but I got hit across the middle on a play and my leg was busted in one spot. I had a high ankle sprain and had to sit out four games."

MLK, which finished the season with a 12-1 record, needed help in the secondary for the stretch run so the coaches asked the speedy Moore if he would play defense. "I decided the team needed me somewhere different so I decided to play safety," he said.

Growing up Moore had also played linebacker. "Defense has always been my interest so I just thought if I could take a wide receiver mentality with a linebacker's strength in a defensive back position, I could contribute to the team so I moved to safety in the last four games of the season," he said. "I loved it and now it's my favorite position along with kick returner."

A player who packs a punch when he makes a tackle, he uses his speed to cover a lot of ground in the secondary and is not shy about getting to the line of scrimmage quickly to make a play.

Listed as a wide receiver prospect by at 6-2, 195, Moore said he is still growing and is up to 208 pounds as he concentrates on running the 55 meters hurdles during the indoor track season. He noted that he has run a time of 7.28 seconds, which is the fastest in the nation this season for a high school athlete in that event. He said his goal is to break the indoor record for high school athletes of 7.08 seconds.

"I want to play football and run track in college," noted Moore, who originally planned to go to LSU to run as a hurdler on the track team, but said now he is completely open on his college choice with Auburn one of the schools he is seriously considering.

In addition to Auburn he noted that he is being recruited by "TCU, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, East Carolina and others." He added, "I know I missed a few of them.

"It's just a blessing," he said. "A few months ago I was sitting on my bed, throwing the football up in the air and wondering what I was going to do. I knew I could go to anywhere in the country for track, but I really want to play football. It's my first love, and actually to do both was always my dream. I wake up and the reality of my dream is here. I've always prayed about it."

Georgia doesn't have an indoor track state championship for high school athletes so Moore is competing at invitational meets. He said that he plans to run at one in Birmingham next month and was told he might get a chance to represent the United States in an international meet.

In the spring he will compete in the 110 outdoor hurdles. He has a best time of 13.69 seconds in that event. "I'm the two-time state champion in the 110 hurdles," he pointed out.

Commenting about his interest in the Tigers, Moore said, "Really, at first, I was like I don't know about Auburn because they're pretty stacked. I got a chance to go to one of their practices with my coaches when they came to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. I liked what I saw. I was just waiting for them to give me a call and luckily they did."

The prospect said he couldn't talk to the coaches at the practice because of recruiting period rules in effect at that time, but when the period changed Auburn safeties coach Tommy Thigpen visited MLK and met with Moore.

"Coach Thigpen came to school last week and offered me on the spot," he said. "That was really big of him to do that. He's just a great person himself--a great person. I love his attitude toward the game."

Moore added that he believes Auburn would be a place he enjoys, both athletically and academically, if he ends up at the SEC school.

The son of a minister, Moore said he is a good student in high school who enjoys music. He sings at his church and has been in choral groups as a student.

Moore said that he is still trying to figure out where he will attend college. "No sir, I don't have any favorites. I have a lot of them that I'm interested in. I'm keeping my options open right now."

Asked which sport is his favorite, he said, "I love both of them equally. Both of them really help towards my goals, athletics-wise. I love to run. I love to run fast. I love the excitement of football. I'm going to do both."

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