Tulsa Union High School wide receiver C.J. Moore made the "Cowboy Nation" very happy on Monday morning when he followed his heart and a long-time affinity for Oklahoma State and made a verbal commitment to the Cowboys and the receiver coach recruiting him that he has become very close to in Kasey Dunn. Later in the day, Moore was interviewed by KJRH-TV Channel 2 in Tulsa and revealed that his room at home is painted orange and had OSU on the wall. With the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Auburn, Texas, Louisville, Nebraska, and Oregon all having offered a scholarship opportunity to Moore, many wondered why the Sooners hadn't joined the recruiting competition. Maybe, somebody in the OU camp had seen Moore's room.
Moore is a 4-star prospect with Scout, who rates as the No. 166 overall player in the Scout 300, No. 28 player at his position nationally, and the top wideout from the state of Oklahoma in his class. As a junior on a loaded and well-balanced Union offense he had 45 receptions for 654-yards and 12 touchdowns. He is also the third-rated high school long jumper in the country in track with a leap of 24 feet and 9.5 inches this track season. Very impressive!
In two seasons on varsity, Moore has 72 receptions for 1,180 yards and 25 touchdowns. He is the cousin of former Oklahoma State receiver Tracy Moore.
Tuesday, during his lunch period at Union, he took time to be interviewed by us at Triple Play Sports Radio on the Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends show. Here is that interview:
RA: C.J., How are you?
CJM: Doing great, how bout you.
RA: Doing good. You could have saved Oklahoma State fans a lot of worry if you had clued them in to what you revealed on that TV interview with Channel 2 yesterday. If they had known your room was painted orange and had OSU on the wall then they would have never worried about where you were heading.
CJM: Yeah, I had to keep it low key. I was open to other schools. OSU has always been my solid first choice as a school to play for. I was still open to other schools, but OSU was always the first thought.
RA: Other schools were open to you too. That was a pretty impressive offer list that you had with the likes of Alabama and Ohio State. How much did your cousin Tracy Moore have to do with it, since he played at Oklahoma State?
CJM: He really did not have anything to do with it. He had just told me to stay focused. I talked to him last night and he had said he really didn't care which school that I went to. He just wanted it to be the right fit for me and that I needed to do what I was doing.
RA: I know somebody that did have a lot to do with it because of some of the things that you said to me yesterday and that is Cowboys assistant coach Kasey Dunn. You've really connected with Kasey Dunn and how has that relationship been forged?
CJM: I have a really good relationship with him because once he offered me, you know some coaches don't communicate with you much after that but he didn't stop talking to me and he told me to call him whenever I want. He told me I could call him as often as I wanted. He talked to me like he really wanted me as a person, not just a football player and I felt like I could talk to him about almost anything. He told me that He didn't want me to just come and play football, but he wanted me to come and improve as much off the field as on the field. He is a really good mentor and if I have anything to ask then I can call him.
RA: I watched highlights again last night, really the whole game of your Class 6A Championship win over Norman North. I want to talk about your other sport. I was really impressed to find that you are ranked third in the nation and that long jump number is pretty impressive. That is more than just something you do in the offseason.
CJM: It's really Coach Madison, he really emphasizes on details and holding my feet up. My ability to jump is God-given and natural.
RA: Most important question, what do want to major in. What do want to study?
CJM: Sports Management and Entertainment. Marketing too. That isn't something that I've always been into but I have a class right now that is Sports Marketing and my teacher has encouraged me and I'm really interested in it.