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Talented junior college offensive lineman plans to enroll at a new program next Summer

Former Army All-American offensive lineman Tramonda Moore is learning about life on the fly. This time last year, Moore had his pick of college scholarship offers. A season later, Moore is working overtime to graduate from Independence Junior College and continue his college football dreams in the Power Five.

The night before national signing day, Tramonda Moore announced that he would cast his lot with Coach Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State. Moore's enrollment would ultimately be in the hands of the NCAA clearinghouse. There were conflicting reports about Moore's ability to qualify. In the end, the John Marshall High School product failed to receive clearance from the NCAA and enrolled at Independence Junior College in Kansas. 

"This has been a real wake up call for me," Moore said by phone on Wednesday evening. "I never expected to be in this situation, but it's my fault. There were some things I didn't take care of early on in high school and it was too much for me to overcome in the end.

"It's nobody's fault, but mine. I cost myself a great opportunity and now I have to work that much harder to get where I want to go. All of this has made me grow up and learn to be a man about things."

The academic light bulb has come on for Moore in a major way. The 6-5, 340 pound offensive tackle has dedicated himself to his studies and now has a plan of action to ensure he can pass the muster of the NCAA clearinghouse without much undue anxiety.

"I am going to be ready to enroll at my new school in August," Moore explained. "I have a lot of work to do in order to be able to graduate from here in just one year, but we have it all written down. They sat down with me and planned out all of the classes that I need to take in order to be able to graduate. I will have to take classes all year and then finish up next summer. 

"I don't have any time to play around. I will have to take my final classes during summer school, but I will all be worth it. I put myself in this situation, so I have to work my way out of it."

If things go as planned, Moore will have the chance to play three years of college ball on the major college level. After his one season at Independence, Moore will have four years to play three at a four year school.

Several schools have shown interest, but a handful of programs appear to be making the talented big man a priority.

"I had a long talk with Coach Dan Mullen from Mississippi State this morning," Moore said. "He told me that they can't wait to get me out there for a visit. He wants me to come there and meet with the coaches and players and see how they run their program.

"I am still hearing a lot from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, of course. Alabama has been in touch me and there are a lot of schools that have been reaching out to me since I have been here in junior college."

Moore reports that he is no where near a decision and that his focus is on his academic progress and current football season. When the time comes, Moore is looking for a well rounded college experience .

"Everybody wants to say academics, but I know that you can get a great education at any major University," Moore said. "I want to go some where that I have a great relationship with the coaches and that I fit in with the players. I am going to be spending a lot of time with them over the course of the next three or four years, so I need to be sure I have a good relationship with them. 

"Right now, I am just planning on waiting to see how things go. Since I am going to be enrolling in August, I don't have to rush through everything. I can take my time and get to know everybody before I make a decision."

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