The cornerback position is one of the critical needs in the Hawkeye Class of 2006, and Iowa added another prospect to their target board this past weekend in offering Everman High's Maurice Moore to play cornerback.
"Coach (Ron) Aiken stopped by my school on Monday afternoon," Moore said. "We sat down and watched my film. He told me that he saw me more of an athlete; an athlete good enough to play corner there as he really liked my speed and said I was real good with my feet. He said they were looking for a corner, as well as a return man, and I could do both."
Moore isn't the first high school quarterback Iowa has looked to convert, and that was made perfectly clear.
"Iowa has recruited a lot of quarterbacks to play other positions, just like my host Jovon Johnson. He played as a true freshman, and is one interception away from tying the school record. Jovon told me it is a good program and that the coaches know what they are doing in projecting a player. Clint Solomon, who is from the Fort Worth area, is another guy that played quarterback (in high school)," stated Moore.
After visiting with Moore at the school, Aiken later asked to come by the house that evening.
"After school, Coach Aiken called to see if he could come by the house. He made a visit with my mother and me and really told her about the campus. I really liked what I heard about all the bowl games they have made, especially the consecutive streak of January bowls, and the Big Ten titles they have won," said Moore.
During the in-home visit, Coach Aiken invited Moore to make an official visit for the upcoming weekend, but had not offered a scholarship at that time.
"I arrived in Iowa City on Friday around noon," said Moore, who Iowa first noticed when recruiting teammate Tim Jackson last year. "I met with Coach Aiken, and then I met with the Strength and Conditioning Coach (Chris Doyle) who told me how hard the program works in the weight room."
After that, before heading out to dinner with all the recruits in town, Moore spent some time with Hawkeye defensive back Coach Phil Parker.
"They players told me Coach Parker is a hard, strict guy, but that he will get you where you need to go. I could see that in watching practice. Coach Parker told me he liked my speed, and then he tested me on some different coverage's and schemes they run. I guess I tested out pretty well," said Moore.
On Saturday, Moore spent a large portion of the day touring the academic and football facilities, and even had lunch with a business adviser as he hopes to major in finance.
Moore, who holds a 3.59 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT, attended the Iowa/Arizona State basketball game on Saturday evening.
When he woke up on Sunday, he had breakfast with all the others at Coach Ferentz's house, and had a one on one meeting with the head coach.
"Coach Ferentz told me about the winning tradition of the program and how much they really emphasize the strength and conditioning program there. He told me he felt I could come play corner at Iowa, and that they could use me as a return man, too," Moore said.
Ferentz then asked Moore of his other offers, and gave a timetable for which he hoped he would hear of a decision.
"I told him my only other offer was from Utah State. Wisconsin called me, and told me that they are recruiting me as a quarterback. Their coach used to coach at Kansas State, and feels I could be another Ell Roberson. They are signing two quarterbacks, and want me to officially visit in January. Coach Ferentz is hoping for a decision in the next week, though, and told me to talk it over with my parents. I've got some thinking to do this week," Moore said.
Moore officially visited Colorado State last weekend, but it does not appear they are in serious contention.