Signing day photos from Carruthersville

Jimmy Jackson and William Moore were competitors on the field down in Southeast Missouri. Fierce competitors. Starting this month, they are future teammates at Mizzou and future roommates as well.

You could easily say that Caruthersville associate head coach, Shawn Jackson made it all happen.

Jackson was the person who intially contacted Missouri last year to tell them about a certain junior ironman player he coached at Hayti named William Moore. Moore played wide receiver, returner and defensive back for Hayti, and it was clear that he destined for bigger things even back then.

Moore, who sports a 40 inch vertical jump, jumped at the chance to be a Missouri Tiger when defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus called him and presented the official offer.

Fast forward to the fall of 2003. A little-known tailback named Jimmy Jackson suddenly emerged from obscurity after rushing for 385 yard and six touchdown in his first game of the season. Rushing days like that will tend to make college recruiters notice.

Coincidentally, the new coaching staff at Caruthersville, where Jackson played, happen to include Shawn Jackson, Moore's former coach.

Jackson contacted Eberflus again and said that he had another gifted player to tell him about. "I've seen Tony Temple play before, and he's a very good back. However, I don't think he's better than Jimmy," Coach Jackson said. "Jimmy is the total package. He's fast, he runs with power, he has excellent hands catching the ball out of the backfield, and he'll do anything you ask him to do," he said.

"I'll never have another running back like Jimmy Jackson," he said.

Missouri agreed. After seeing Jackson's highlight tape, the Tigers quickly contacted Jackson and extended a scholarship offer.

So, the two best players that Coach Jackson had in subsequent years from two rival schools are heading to Missouri to attend school and play football.

Folks in the Bootheel, especially Coach Jackson, couldn't be prouder.

At the signing ceremony at Caruthersville Field House are Marilyn Moore (William's mother), William Moore, Caruthersville Associate Head Coach Shawn Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, and Brenda Lloyd (Jimmy's mother).

William Moore and Jimmy Jackson


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