RECRUITING: Ely's Moore Has Gators In Top Five

With a top five list that already includes the Florida Gators, Pompano Beach (FL) Ely's Joshua Moore knows he will spend the next several months listening to one scholarship offer after another. The 5-11, 180-pound free safety/wide receiver runs a 4.36 40-yard dash and he's like most Ely kids in that he's got his academic house in order.

Louisiana-Lafayette and Akron are the only two schools that have tendered him an offer so far, but his top five of Florida, Florida State, Southern Cal, Miami and NC State are among a growing list of schools that are showing more than just passing interest.

"The Gators are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "I like their coaches and the look of their depth chart. I like the same things about Florida State. I like Southern Cal because they are a good young team. Miami has everything … I like the school and the program. I also like NC State and they are recruiting me hard."

Growing up, Moore was a Florida State fan because of Warrick Dunn. Childhood favorites won't have anything to do with his final decision, however.

"I am going to look at who they have at my spot, the depth chart," he said. "I don't want to get there and sit for a long time. I want to make sure they have what I want to study, because I want to study criminal justice. That is basically it."

Moore plays on both sides of the ball, but he plans on his future home to be on defense. He likes to hit people and make something happen on that side of the ball.

"I like free safety the best," he said. "I think I bring a lot because I like to intercept the ball. When I catch it I become an offensive player and I can score or do other things with it."

Ely won its jamboree last week with a 42-12 win over Hallandale. Moore racked up five tackles and a touchdown reception in the win. He sees a good season on the horizon.

"I think we are going to be real good," he said. "We have all three of our running backs coming back. We have strong receivers and most of our starters on defense will be back."

He is enjoying the recruiting process so far and looks to be doing well in the class room. Moore attended the University of Florida camp last year and will be back on campus on June 5th for this year's version of the team camp. He sees all the preparation he gets on and off the field and the coaches that are recruiting him as a real positive.

"School is going real good," he said. "I am completing all my academic courses and getting ready for the SAT and ACT. The coaches that call are giving me a lot of advice telling me to keep my head straight. So far I like the process."

REDMAN REACTION: Joshua Moore is another Ely kid with good skills and he has the size to grow into an offer from the Big Three Florida schools. Attending camp here in a couple of weeks will give the coaches a chance to evaluate his talent first hand. This might be a player to watch very carefully.

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