Devon Moore: "Duke is the Leader"

Devon Moore, one of the state's best gridiron athletes, says Duke stands out to him in a big way.

Although Chris Bell stole the spotlight, Devon Moore of Hillsborough (N.C.) Cedar Ridge quietly had one of the top performances during's All-American Combine Sunday. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound tailback ran a 4.59-second forty-yard dash on grass, and a 4.16-second twenty-yard shuttle. He also vertically jumped 36 inches and broad jumped 118 inches.

"I felt good that day," said Moore. "I felt good in most of the events. I was in the top two in almost every event in my group so overall I thought I did really good."

While the recruiting repercussions from his combine performance haven't hit yet, Moore still maintains a solid list of interested schools.

"Duke has been sending me a lot of stuff; N.C. State sends me stuff; Virginia Tech wants me to come to their spring game; and Maryland has sent me some camp stuff the other week," said Moore.

Moore, who has attended a junior day at Duke, will be in attendance for N.C. State's Red-White Spring Game this Saturday. He plans to camp at Virginia Tech, Maryland, and N.C. State this summer.

Despite lacking offers, Moore has an early leader.

"Duke stands out a lot in my mind right now," said Moore. "It's close to home, and I felt that their program is coming up slowly, and also because of their education -- their school is one of the best in the country."

After ending his sophomore season with 1,965 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 330 carries, injuries limited Moore's production last season. Still Moore posted an 8.5-yard per rush average with 142 rushes for 1,206 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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