Recruiting: Moore Is A Recruiting Rarity

You can look on your favorite recruiting network database or Google search until your heart is content but you won't find Pine Bluff (White Hall), Ark., athlete Adrian Moore anywhere. In this day and age of Internet recruiting sites, publication after publication on recruiting, and all kinds of sources it is very rare that a potential superstar college prospect goes unnoticed ... but Moore has.

The 6-0, 205-pound Moore is strong and fast (he ran a 4.54 electronic timed 40-yard dash at a FCA combine last summer). Now here is the most incredible part of his story. Playing quarterback in a shotgun offense Moore carried the ball 200 times for 2,264 yards (11.32 yards per attempt) and 27 touchdowns. He completed 28-of-55 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns. Playing sparingly at cornerback on defense he finished with 27 tackles and three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Any other year he would be at least a four- or five-star recruit from the major recruiting services, except they had no clue he existed.

"Until Oklahoma State contacted him about a week ago Adrian was being recruited by Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State and Central Arkansas," said White Hall assistant coach Joe Vaughn. "He is an incredible athlete. He was All-State in basketball last year and probably will be again this year. In our first game this season he ran for 274 yards and two touchdowns."

Moore is scheduled for an official visit to Oklahoma State this coming weekend, and his coach thinks he may wrap up his recruiting pretty quick if he sees what he expects to see in Stillwater.

The question is how did Moore slip through the recruiting microscope without being noticed? You've heard many times how crucial the junior year is for a prospect to get noticed. Moore had no junior season in football, or a sophomore season either for that matter. He did play varsity as a freshman at Pine Bluff High School, but that was the 2003 season.

"Adrian broke his arm his sophomore season in the first game and missed the rest of the year," explained Vaughn. "Then his junior season he transferred here to White Hall (High School) after the school year began so he was ineligible on the transfer rule. We knew what we had and just couldn't wait to let him do what he did. My dad redesigned the offense to fit him."

Moore led White Hall to a 9-2 record and despite a first-round playoff loss to Nettleton he had 154 yards on 15 carries in the season finale. Moore was named District Offensive MVP, Southeast Arkansas Player of the Year, all-conference, and all-state.

His coach provided video and it is amazing. This is no Sid Finch story. It is not made up. Adrian Moore is very much for real; just very much hidden.

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