We've regaled you with the exploits of Nebraska's 17th commit, linebacker Dontrell Moore. Comparisons, projections, speculation all of what this Coffeyville standout might achieve. Rather than continue on that as we get third party opinions, how about the opinion of the one that matters most? Dontrell Moore talked about his pledge to NU, why and what he expects for the future.
There's little glitz and glamour
with this Thibodaux, Louisiana native. It's basically a lunch pail
attitude off the field, but most especially on it.
It's the kind of attitude that at
least for Moore,
he feels makes him tough to beat. "Just get out there and hit someone in the
mouth." He said. "Get off the ball fast and get after it every single down."
His position coach, Rion Rhoades
would say that Moore does just that. "He's fast to the ball, I
can tell you that." He said. "His closing speed is what is probably the most
impressive. You just don't see him get beat to the corners that often. Usually,
he's going to catch you before you even make the turn up-field."
That kind of speed makes people
think of players like Demorrio Williams from last year and Terrell Farley of
what is now almost a decade ago. Quick off the line, good pursuit speed and the
ability to knock the heck out of someone once he arrives.
Dontrell looks at the ability to
do what he does as something that's just a by-product of his most coveted gift.
"You've got to have speed." He said. "That's the big equalizer out there. If you
can get side to side fast enough, you take a lot of what the offense is trying
to do. They have to go deep or just all that small stuff, but you can't win a
game like that. You've got to be able to make plays."
"Speed stops that from
Of his reported sub 4.4 speed,
Moore said that
it isn't his only asset. He likes to think that while the speed is the thing,
he's got another positive going his way. "You have to love to hit people." He
said. "You go strong, hit them in the mouth, take them down, rip it (the ball)
out, whatever you have to do. It starts with that hit though. You have to go at
them hard right off the bat and for the rest of the game they are wondering
where you are at."
Where Moore is at is in Coffeyville, but come January, he's moving up
North for what will be the next two or three years of his life. His pledge to
Nebraska came as a shock to some, but Moore said that when it came down to it, Nebraska ran away,
because they kept coming at him with the kind of relentlessness that he himself
shows on the field.
"A lot of coaches tell you they
want you." Dontrell said. "A lot of coaches ask for film. But, Nebraska came through, they said they wanted me, showed
they wanted me, so it was easy, Nebraska was it for me."
Recruited by linebacker coach,
Bill Busch, Moore got to see just what he was needed to do
and how soon he was needed to do it. That was another reason the Huskers go the
nod. "They are losing some guys, guys leave or whatever, but I can get in there
right now." He said. "I mean, coming out of here, that's what you expect though,
so I looked at places that I knew I could get out there right away."
From the outside linebacker
position as Moore is slated to play, Dontrell says of the
division 1-A level that it's exciting to think about the future. He also likes
the fact that he'll be doing it with a team that he thinks the future holds some
pretty impressive things. "You know, Nebraska, it's a great tradition." Moore said. "They have a
down year, maybe two, but you know they will be back. You know what they've done
and where they are going to be."
"It's going to be cool to be part
of that and maybe I'm a reason to help some of that happen. That's what I want
Again, Moore will enroll in January, but he'll be visiting
Nebraska for their final game of the regular
season as the Huskers host Colorado. Moore
will also do his best to try and convince a certain friend of his that when his
time comes in May, he'll join Moore with the Big Red. "I was getting ready to
call him right now." Moore said of All-American
linebacker, David Dixon of Hutchinson Community
College. "I know he can't come in early, but he'll
be done eventually and we always talked about playing together at some
"If I can get him to come, that
would be cool, because that guy is a flat out baller."
Moore doesn't know a lot about Nebraska. He'll admit to
the fact that he was a fan growing up, but even fans aren't engrossed at an
early age. Dontrell does know though about the history of Nebraska, at least what
he's managed to learn in a fairly short time.
He's eager to be part of that,
anticipating having success at that and he's just waiting so he can get into
Memorial and do what he does best.
"Hit them in the mouth." He said.
"You do that, you've got their attention. The rest of the game, they'll never
forget where you are."