Waterloo West (IA) quarterback Devon Moore was excited when he saw Matt Campbell was taking over at Iowa State, but he initially wasn’t sure if his offer still stood.
He planned to wait for Campbell and Co. to get settled before reaching out.
There was no need.
Campbell’s new staff reached out to the 2017 prospect Monday to talk about getting him to campus. The conversation led to the first commitment of the Campbell Era when Moore, who held offers from Iowa State, Toledo and Illinois State, committed.
“I really loved Coach Campbell and his staff,” Moore said late Monday night. “I loved Iowa State and all the facilities they had to offer and also the coaching staff that just came in I already had experience with and I also love the education part of Iowa State. I just felt like it was a great fit for me.”
Moore camped at Toledo this summer and was offered. Iowa State later offered when he stopped in Ames for a camp. The previous connection with Campbell and his staff, and his familiarity with Iowa State, made the decision easy.
Moore called late Monday night to give Campbell his pledge.
“He had me on speakerphone so the whole coaching staff could hear,” Moore said. “They all sounded really excited.”
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback had 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.
In his junior season this fall, he broke his tibia and fibula.
“I had surgery on that and had a plate put in,” Moore said. “My healing process is coming great. My doctor said I’m actually healing up faster than normal so I’m looking to get my cast off soon. We’ll see where it goes from there.”
Moore will, of course, have his senior year ahead of him, but his recruiting process has quickly come to a close. Despite the staff simply reaching out to talk and set a visit, Moore knew now was the right time to end things.
“I felt that I had already seen Iowa State since I’d been around it since I was really little,” Moore said. “I thought I knew a lot about what they had to bring and I knew the coaching staff since they’d been recruiting me since the summertime. I felt I really liked both things combined. On top of that the education program there is very high so I just felt it was the right time to make my decision.”
Moore becomes Campbell’s first commit, and a sign of a new era at Iowa State.
“It’s a great feeling to be his first of many,” Moore said. “I just want to be a leader for this recruiting class coming up and try to get other guys to come in and build a great powerhouse here at Iowa State.”