In-State WR Favors UM

While most kids enjoy the summers off from school, prep athletes who hope to play at the next level stay busy. That's especially the case for Mike Moore. The standout receiver from North Broward Prep Academy in Coconut Creek stays plenty busy during the summer months.

"I work out with Tim Martin and Randy Moss," Moore said. "I'm in the Randy Moss Speed Academy. Last year I was the only high schooler and it really helped me. We don't have a track coach at the school so I've learned how to run faster, run better routes, and all that stuff. Randy Moss stops by sometimes and that's always fun."

Moore, 6-2 and 195 pounds, is quickly emerging as one of the state's top wide receiver prospects. He finished his junior season with 48 receptions for 850 yards and 16 touchdowns. While playing free safety on defense, he had six picks and two scores.

"I feel I'm different because of my ability to run routes, read defenses, and block downfield," he said. "A lot of guys don't put a whole lot of time into the little things but my coach stresses them a lot."

Moore, who has been playing football since his freshman year, projects as either a wide receiver or safety at the next level.

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "I just want to play. I'll play wherever."

There are many Div. 1 programs who like the way he plays. Moore currently claims four scholarship offers.

"I had them from Central Florida, Auburn, and Notre Dame and I just got one from Bowling Green the other day," he said. "Coach Johnson from Miami called the day he watched my highlight tape. He said he'll definitely be at my spring game watching me play. He said that if I want the offer, I need to come to their camp so I'll definitely be going. That's the offer I want. My coach also told me that Michigan's about to offer but I haven't seen it yet."

The talented receiver currently favors the Canes.

"I like Miami the most," he said. "They know how to work. They send guys to the NFL. I like the competition there. I come from a small school so being able to compete with guys from all over the nation would be great. When I was at their spring game, it was me, Jessie Hester, and Fred Rouse talking to Coach CJ. After Miami then I like Florida State, Florida, Auburn, NC State, and Georgia."

Speaking of competition, Moore said that's not something that will bother him a bit.

"I don't even care who's there," he said. "I know I can play and if you can play, you can play. The best player will always get the spot and I feel I can compete with anyone."

Moore said he is getting looks on both sides of the ball, especially from Miami.

"Miami told me they are a little light on scholarships," he said. "They're probably taking two so if I can't get one on offense, they're also gonna watch me on defense."

In the meantime, Moore is helping his team prepare for this coming season.

"Everyone's got Pahokee marked down," he said. "It's Antone Smith and those guys. If we can get through them, I feel like we'll be on our way to states. I can't wait because he's a great player and had an ankle injury the last time and didn't play."

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