Moffett One of State's Best

Every year Palm Bay High in Melbourne has one of the most talented teams in the state. This year will be no different and the best player on the team will be Neefy Moffett. At 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Moffett has played mostly defensive end up to this point in his career. However, that's about to change.

"I've changed positions," Moffett said. "I'll be playing strongside linebacker this year. My coach and I think that's going to be my best position when I go to college so we went ahead and made the switch."

The talented linebacker has been playing football for three years and says he owes a lot of credit to his two older brothers (Kniefe and Dontaie) -- both of whom played at Palm Bay before him.

"My two brothers both made All-State here," he said. "I was always playing with them growing up. The pop warner people kept saying I was too big so I just played at home with them. Football, basketball, lifting weights, it was all with them. So when I got to high school, it seemed easy."

Unfortunately for Palm Bay's opponents the last couple years, it has been easy for Moffett. He played both defensive end and running back as a junior last season and scored 10 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 120 tackles and 16 sacks.

"Honestly, there weren't many very good offensive tackles in Brevard County last year," he said. "I've never played against a guy that can block me. Hopefully I'll feel the same way playing linebacker."

Moffett said he has a rare ability to get to the football and that's what will separate him from other linebackers.

"I'm naturally fast," he said. "I beat people with my quickness but now that I'm at linebacker, I'll just use my natural ability to get to the ball. I dont try to outmuscle everything because I have the speed."

Moffett, who also participates in varsity basketball and track (100m, 200m, 4x1, shot put, discus, and high jump), high jumped 6-3 last year and plans on getting to states this year.

Moffett has been enjoying the offseason, which included a recent trip to the NIKE Combine at the University of Miami. He was one of the best players there.

"I got a 4.4 on the shuttle," he said. "I did a 4.6 on one of my forties, I got 10 reps on the bench, and I had a 36-inch jump but for some reason the guy wrote down 33. I'm not the kind of guy to complain about something like that because I know my own abilities."

The standout defender, who has already received a passing SAT score of 990, will be one of the state's top prospects this year.

"I dont have any offers yet but the coach from USC told me to call him back and FSU wants me to call them back," he said. "I think they're both getting ready to (offer). I really dont have any favorites or anything like that. All three Florida schools are on my list. I have about 10 on it right now but it's still real early. One thing I'll say is that I dont like cold weather, never did."

Moffett, who will help Palm Bay get back to the state title game this season, is excited for spring ball to start.

"We lost 32 seniors this year so we're gonna be young," he said. "If we work hard and work together, we should be able to get to states. Everyone's in the weight room together now, working out as a team."

The talented defender was asked whether winning a national championship or a Heisman Trophy in college would be more satisfying.

"Oh, no doubt, a national title," he said. "I'm a total team player. The team comes first with me. If you're the best player on a sorry team, who really cares what you win. Some guys do I guess. I'd rather be a good player on a great team that helped his teammates win a championship."

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