Cougars to add one Moore to the QB position

Total Blue Sports recently learned of a stellar quarterback prospect that got lost in the recruiting shuffle this past year. Due to some friendly networking, new offensive coordinator Brandon Doman found out about him just weeks before signing day. His name is Hunter Moore, and his overall abilities should intrigue fans, and not just because of his ability to play the quarterback position.

Hunter Moore is a 6-foot-3-inch, 185-pound athlete prospect from Mission Hills High School in Southern California. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for his varsity team, and compiled 24 touchdown passes and nearly 2,000 yards passing his senior season.

Moore plays in the Division II league in Southern California, which is generally regarded to be one of the most competitive prep divisions nationally. He was named a first-team All-CIF performer and was named as his league's MVP.

While his passing stats were impressive, his drop-back throwing ability isn't the best part of his game.

"I'm a running quarterback," said Moore, who accounted for five rushing touchdowns and 490 rushing yards last season. "I'm very confident in my abilities in running the football. I was hand-timed by my coach running a 4.52 forty. I'm not sure if I'm quite that fast, but I believe that I'm faster than most of the quarterbacks you'll see."

A quick look at his highlights shows a player that outruns and jukes past opposing linebackers and even some defensive backs on a consistent basis.

Moore, who is LDS, received a lot of early attention from schools such as Washington, Utah and Oregon State, but they all backed off when he let them know of his plans to serve a mission. He didn't hear a word from the Cougar coaching staff until a good friend of the family placed a phone call to Coach Doman.

"We're very good friends with the Reden family," informed Moore. "I'm very good friends with Stehly, who signed with BYU, and it was his older brother Garrett, who played for BYU, who called Coach Doman and told him to come out here and learn about me."

Doman immediately responded to Reden's request, and was immediately taken with Moore's overall athleticism at the quarterback position.

"Coach Doman apologized to me for neglecting my area during recruiting, and let me know that they had no scholarships open, but wanted me to join the program regardless," said Moore. "I was probably going to BYU anyway, because I'm LDS and I've always wanted to go to BYU, but now that coaches know about me and I'll have a chance to play football there. That's seriously a dream come true for me."

Moore grew up as a diehard BYU football fan. His favorite quarterbacks growing up were Steve Young and Ty Detmer, which goes to show how long his loyalties have been with the team.

Given his overall athleticism, coaches have mentioned to him that he could end up playing safety, receiver or even linebacker while at BYU. It's an option he's certainly open to, but his desire is to stay at quarterback in continuing BYU's great tradition at the position.

"The opportunity to play quarterback at BYU, it doesn't get any better than that for me," he said. "I want to prove to them that I can play quarterback at BYU, that's my goal. If it doesn't work out, then I'm open to playing another position, but I'm definitely going in there to prove myself at quarterback."

Moore has plans to serve a mission after his first semester in college. In order not to burn any of his eligibility, he'll be greyshirting his first year at BYU, which means he'll under-enroll and won't be able to practice with the team.

He will be able to work out with the team, however, and hopes to prove himself through the workouts as someone worthy of a scholarship following his mission service. If that scholarship doesn't come, he'll join the team post-mission service as a preferred walk-on.

He plans on rooming with either Stehly Reden or fellow Southern Californian Adam Pulsipher during his one semester at BYU. Right now, he's very anxious to get to Provo and to prove his worth.

"It's exciting, because I'm confident that I can compete at the quarterback position," he said. "BYU is always the school where I wanted to play football and I didn't think I would get that chance until recently. I'm very excited to be part of that program."

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