That glimpse was what Iowa State needed to further its intrigue, and a stop back in Ames for the Cyclones’ June 19 camp less than one week later was all they needed to know the 2017 quarterback from Waterloo West (IA) has Division I talent.
Following camp, the 6-foot-3 Moore was summoned to Paul Rhoads’ office.
“We just sat down for five or 10 minutes because we had to leave really early in the morning for a 7-on-7,” Moore said. “He just really kept me in there quick and gave me the rundown about their program and how he started out at Iowa State and basically just told me that he would love to offer me a scholarship.
“We’ll see where things pick up from there.”
The offer for the soon-to-be junior was his second, joining Toledo, and a third offer came in for the young quarterback Friday as Illinois State joined the early mix. Moore has also drawn interest from Iowa, Virginia and Northern Illinois in the early stage of his recruitment.
Moore’s sudden burst onto the scene follows a standout sophomore season at Waterloo West where he garnered First Team All-Conference, All-Area, All-Region, All-County and All-Metro Awards. Moore went 114-of-194 (58.8 percent) in 2014 with eight passing touchdowns while also rushing for 441 yards (4.8 per carry) and 11 touchdowns.
A strong camp for the lefty quarterback led to his first Power 5 offer.
“I was really surprised,” Moore said of the offer. “When I got to the camp I wasn’t really expecting an offer. I was just expecting some interest, just trying to go down there and get a look or two from them and the other schools that were there. It was really a surprise when I went up to his office. I heard the word “offer” come out of his mouth and it was just crazy. It was a great feeling.”
Moore, who is a lefty, has endured a busy summer, making camp stops at Northern Illinois, Toledo, Virginia and Iowa State with a stop at Iowa still ahead to finish out the hectic month of June. The multi-sport athlete will spend July focusing on basketball before turning his attention to his team at Waterloo West.
“I want to try to become a better leader for our team,” Moore said of his goals. “Last year I kind of did the role where I wasn’t very vocal, I just let by example. This year I want to be more vocal and let the guys know I’m going to be the leader this year and try to take more of a leadership role on this team and try to get us some wins.”
As for his fall plans, Moore expects to see an increase in communication with the Cyclones when it’s permitted this fall and plans to make multiple game day stops.
“I’ve always liked Iowa State,” Moore said. “I’ve been down there for quite a few 7-on-7s and camps ever since I was young. I went to a lot of their games growing up. So when I heard the offer it was just a great feeling.”