Moon coming into his own

Often in the shadow of older SEC prospects on the Hoover High School roster, the fall of 2014 could be Jeremiah Moon’s time to shine as he looks forward to his first season as a starter in what could again be Alabama’s top high school defense. He’s bigger, faster and his recruitment is following suit, too.

Hoover (Ala.) High is one of the few high school programs in the state of Alabama that reloads, even after losing top-notch talent year-in, year-out, and the 2014 squad will be no different.

In fact, arguably its strongest front-7 unit in some time will be faster and perhaps better this coming fall, especially with class of 2016 four-star Jeremiah Moon expected to see the field with the starting unit.

The 6-foot-4, now 200-pounder has had a busy and productive summer as he prepares for a major role on the defending state champion roster.

“Everything’s been good, I went to a couple of camps, to Auburn and Alabama,” Moon said. “I was offered after the Auburn camp, it was a joyous moment. I know I performed well, I don’t want to doubt myself, but I didn’t know about getting the offer. I was happy I did.”

The Crimson Tide camp experience didn’t have the same end result, though the No. 11 outside linebacker in Scout.com’s early projections is confident that will eventually change with the school his uncle played for.

“Last week, I went to Alabama and did a half-session,” he said. “I talked to Nick Saban for a little bit and he asked me how the offseason was going and what the offseason was like. He told me to keep working hard and that they are definitely interested in me.

“I want that offer. Having an offer from Alabama…everybody wants that.”

With the Tigers now on the offer list, Moon sits at five extensions with Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky and UAB on board as well. He really hasn’t delved into the evaluation stage of the process, just yet.

“I just take it one day at a time and whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I’m not in any rush, so let’s see what happens.”

Instead, Moon is focusing on being the next great Hoover High defender.

“I’m just working hard in the weight room, Coach [Josh] Niblett is a big guy, and I work out with the older guys like Bradrick [Shaw],” he said. “They tell me to keep eating and stuff like that. I want to get to 215 or 220 (pounds) by next season.

“I’m also doing better on my coverage, and I started in the spring game. I had an interception and almost took it to the house, so I’m excited for the fall.”

Scout currently tabs Moon as the No. 148 overall prospect in the class of 2016.


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