Football camp is an important time for prospects to show off their talents in the hopes of landing a coveted scholarship offer. Each year it seems at least one prospect comes out of nowhere to really elevate his recruiting stock and that was certainly the case for Chapel Hill (NC) LB Steven Moore. He came into the NC State football camp a couple of weeks ago and put together one of the impressive workouts of the week-long event.
At a solid, 6-0, 225 pounds, Moore has been the definition of sleeper. Because he played out of position at defensive end as a junior, Moore hasn’t had the film to show his ability at his natural spot of linebacker. However, at the Wolfpack’s camp he was able to show his talent and the rising senior was easy to spot.
In one on one drills Moore really excelled at getting out in space and covering smaller, quicker receivers. He not only got himself in position to make a play on the ball but showed the athleticism to make a couple of really nice interceptions.
During linebacker-specific drills, Moore showed natural talent for the position and moved effortlessly through the workout. When all was said and done, the rising junior said he felt he had done his part to impress the NC State coaching staff.
“I think I did pretty good,” said Moore. “I had a couple of interceptions. I stayed on top of my game. The linebacker coach (Andy McCollum) liked me and a whole lot of their coaches talked to me and said they liked the way I played. They all thought I had a real good day and they were impressed with me.
“Actually, I think I probably caught them by surprise a little bit. They knew I was a good player but I think when I came in I was just ready. I had been waiting for camp because I knew that was going to be my chance so I gave it everything I had.”
After playing in a 3-4 alignment last year, Moore will move to strong-side ‘backer in 2008 and that should give him every opportunity to shine in his pursuit of landing some offers. Strangely enough, Moore has received just one scholarship offer- that coming from Presbyterian. As for the Wolfpack, Moore said he feels State would like to get a better handle on where he stands academically before making the call on an offer.
“I think State is just waiting on my grades,” he said. “That’s the main thing holding them back so far but as far as my day, my day was real good. I think they wanted to offer me then but they want to wait and see how I look after this first semester. I’m taking the SAT in September.”
Should State decide to pull the trigger, it appears that Moore may not take long in making a decision of his own.
“NC State is my favorite school. I would love to go there. If they offer, I’d probably commit. I like it a lot. The coaches show me a lot of love, everybody is real cool and I love the environment there.”
As a junior, Moore collected 50 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and nine QB pressures en route to all-conference honors.