Wayne Jones, who is the defensive line coach at Louisville High School, played in the SEC at Mississippi State. So, he knows exceptional talent when he sees it. And he sees it in 8th grader Charles Moore.
"Charles Moore has a lot of talent, is physical and a fine specimen of a football player," said Jones. "He is going to be a good one by the time he leaves here. After he learns what we want from him on Friday night he will be very good. He's got the tools - the motor, the speed, the hand quickness. He's got the tools to play in the SEC but he still has a long way to go."
Charles Moore agrees with his coach that he still has a ways to go before he becomes the player that he can be.
"I still have a lot to learn," said Moore. "I have learned mostly from mental reps because this is my first year to play high school football. I am (a starter) this year but I have mostly learned from mental reps. (The coaches) have been teaching me well and I'm learning. I have a whole season ahead and I will get better. And that's what I want to do, I want to progress."
As you might suspect, being just an 8th grader, recruiting is not really on his mind at the moment.
"I haven't really thought about recruiting," said Moore. "I'm really focused on school right now."
But Coach Jones knows what is likely coming for the talented youngster and has advise him how to prepare it.
"Coach Jones tells me to work hard and keep my head on straight," said Moore. " He says to keep my grades up and keep working hard. He tells me if I do that, then I will be at the SEC level. He says that I have that type potential."
Check out the video below to see Moore (No. 90 in White Jersey) playing in his first varsity game during his team's jamboree game at Davis Wade Stadium, August 16, 2014, against West Point High School.
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