Moe expected to play safety at next level

One of Missouri's best high school athletes decided in June to stay in state and play his college football for the Tigers in Columbia. T.J. Moe of Fort Sumwalt West High School keeps raking in post season rewards, including Missouri's Gatorade High School player of the year honors. Go inside to see what Moe had to say about the University of Missouri.

It's Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff's goal to get the best athletes in the state of Missouri to stay home and play for the Tigers in Columbia.

The most talented athlete on area high school teams often play quarterback on the prep level, but transition into another position at the college level.

This will be the case for Fort Sumwalt West High School standout athlete T.J. Moe.

The awards keep rolling in for the talented quarterback, who was recently named Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri, St. Louis Dispatch offensive player of the year among many other accolades.

Moe, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound athlete who runs a 4.5 forty, played quarterback for his high school team, he passed for over 2,500 yards and 31 touchdowns and added 2,000 on the ground and another 30 scores.

"It's been a great year," Moe told Tuesday. "I had a good senior year and now I'm forward to the next stage of my life at Missouri."

Moe committed to the Tigers back in June, a decision he hasn't had any second thoughts about.

"I love the great family atmosphere there," Moe said. "Missouri is a great fit for me. I felt like I couldn't find a better place for myself."

One thing that stood out for Moe was the relationship he has developed with the Tiger coaching staff.

"Coach (Cornell) Ford is a great coach," Moe said. "He came by the other day and had lunch with me at school. I have been very impressed with Coach Pinkel a lot also."

While Moe played quarterback for his high school team, he is expecting to play safety at Missouri.

"I'm excited about the new opportunity," Moe said. "While it will be a new position, I'm confident that I will do well at safety."

When Moe first visited the Columbia campus, he was surprised by how nice and new everything was.

"The campus is beautiful," Moe said. "Everything is brand new, new dorms, new facilities, everything is great."

Moe took his official visit two weeks ago and got a chance to get to know his future teammates.

"It was a great time," Moe said. "I got to know the guys really well; I spent a lot of time with them that weekend."

Moe had official offers from Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas and Wake Forest. Is the talented athlete through with recruiting?

"I don't even talk to the other coaches any more," Moe said. "I know Missouri is where I want to be."

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