"I really liked the atmosphere," Bob Jones High standout Collins Moore says. "I love game days down there.
"I enjoyed myself and I thought it was a great game," he adds. "Both teams fought hard for all four quarters."
A 6-2, 187-pounder, Moore started at receiver on offense and safety on defense as a junior and helped Bob Jones have an excellent season.
"We made a big change in our program this year," Moore says. "We weren't the typical Bob Jones team that went 7-5 or 6-5 or 5-5. We were the best team in school history and came out at 11-2 and actually made it to the third round of the playoffs so we had a pretty good season."
After defeating Hewitt-Trussville 35-14 and Decatur 17-14 in the state playoffs, the Patriots fell 34-24 to Hoover, which is in this week's Class 6A state championship game vs. Prattville.
Moore says that wide receiver is his favorite position. He notes that he isn't sure of his full season statistics including the three playoff games, but remembers that he ended the regular season with 39 catches for 764 yards with 16 touchdowns. He scored four more touchdowns on punt returns and intercepted four passes.
The junior also competes in track and field. He finished seventh in the state meet in the 300 meter hurdles as a sophomore and also runs the 110 hurdles and on the 4x100 and x100 relay teams.
Asked if he has grown up with a favorite college, he says, "Yes, I grew up an Alabama fan, but I am not going to let that affect my choice. I am going to make my decision based on what is best for my education. I am interested in going into the engineering field, preferably aerospace engineering."
Commenting on his interest in Auburn, Moore notes that he likes the Tigers' offense and the coaching staff. "I went to the Auburn camp this summer," he says. "It was a great experience. It was a senior only camp and there were only a few juniors invited and I was one of the ones. I had a really good time.
"Coach (Phillip) Lolley is recruiting me for Auburn," he notes. "I like him and I like Coach (Trooper) Taylor and Coach (Gene) Chizik."