MU QB commit scrambles well off the field

In his 21 year coaching career, Jerry Martel has had a lot of gifted football players pocked by off-field issues, and a lot of kids with fantastic attitudes but lukewarm football skills.

"I've had kids with a lot of talent and no character, and a lot of kids with great character and no ability," Martel says.

But kids with the total package don't come along very often, especially when you're coaching mostly at small schools like Martel has. And that's why Diboll, Tex., quarterback Gilbert Moye such a prized addition to the Missouri football program.

Moye, a four-star prospect rated among the top 30 signal callers in the nation, has overcome adversity without hesitating even once, said Martel, who coached the 6-foot-2, 200-pound athletic specimen through the final two years of his career.

After leading Jasper High to the state title game as a sophomore, the house Moye lived in with his mom was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. That forced him to move to Diboll, where he now lives with another family. But the state's high school athletic association has stiff transfer rules that forced him to sit out an entire calendar year after his transfer.

"He ran the scout team for us and never complained," Martel says. "You're talking about a young man that overcame a lot of things."

Without a father figure in Moye's life, Martel took the role, especially when it came to Moye's recruitment. While some schools backed off because of the off-field inconsistency, Missouri associate head coach Matt Eberflus never wavered in his pursuit of Moye. His diligence paid off in December, when Moye chose MU over Nebraska and Oklahoma, among others.

Moye has good grades, a strong arm and good wheels. He can also throw very well on the run, which makes sense, because he's been able to find success while on the move for a while now.

That's only a small snapshot of Moye, his abilities and the obstacles he's overcome. For a more thorough view at Moye, check out the next Inside Mizzou Magazine.

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