"I am coming to Louisville next weekend for an official visit," Clayton Moore told InsideTheVille.com. "I had a scholarship to Ole Miss and that kind of fell through. Now I'm just shopping around trying to find a place to go."
Before committing to Ole Miss, Moore, rated the #51 quarterback prospect nationally by Scout.com, had more than 20 BCS offers, including one from Louisville.
"Before I committed to Ole Miss Louisville offered a scholarship," said Moore. "So when I opened things back up Louisville was one of the schools that I wanted to check out before I made my decision. I spoke with Coach (Jeff) Brohm (recently) and I like the kind of person he is. When Louisville found out I wasn't committed to Ole Miss anymore, Coach Brohm called me up."
on his radar.
Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe indicated last week that the Cardinals are definitely in the market for another quarterback to come in and compete for the starting job next season. Louisville already has a verbal commitment from Washington (Coolidge) D.C. standout Emmanuel Yeager. The Cardinals are also showing interest in several junior college quarterbacks and will host Santa Rosa (CA) College star Adam Froman this weeknd. Froman will choose between Louisville and Colorado State early next week.
"Louisville, besides the past year has had a pretty good program and has produced NFL players and Top 10 teams," Moore said. "So I'm attracted to Louisville for those reasons. Next week I'm going to check (Louisville) out."
Moore, rated the No. 2 QB prospect in Mississippi, will graduate from Louisville H.S. later this month. He's looking to make a decision in the next few weeks – at the latest.
"It complicates the situation because I've only got three or four weeks to make my decision but it can play in my favor if a school needs a quarterback to come in and play early," Moore said.
Besides Louisville, Moore says there are a few other schools that have expressed interest. Louisville, though, appears to be Moore's top option.
"There are a couple of schools involved in it – some I'd rather not name," Moore said. "Louisville is the only one I'm coming public with right now. There are some other schools but Louisville is the only place I have a visit set up with right now."
A close family friend of Moore's explained the situation further.
"There are only about five schools that really need a quarterback this late in the recruiting process," the source said. "I told him he can go somewhere like Florida State and sit for two years or he can go to Louisville, which is only seven hours away, and probably compete right away and show out."
"I told him Louisville's got a lightning fast freshman running back, a 6-8 receiver and they've got some other speed guys. I told him he could go in there with his mobility and really help them. He's accurate. He can sit back in the shotgun and pick a (defense) apart."
What's Moore think about playing for Louisville?
"He said ‘I'd go for it'" the source said. "We just need Louisville to tell us the offer is still good. Louisville is a perfect offense for him and he's got the talent to take the starting position."
Moore threw for 3,046 yards, rushed for 840 rushing yards and 40 total touchdowns (13 interceptions) while leading his team to the 3A state title as a junior. Moore is one of Mississippi's 'Dandy Dozen' prospects.