Recruiting: Cowboys Bag A Keeper In Moore

Recruiting is kind of like hunting season as college coaches check out the prospects and then work hard to get the players they want to add to their program. The Oklahoma State Cowboys apparently think they got a tremendous sleeper quarterback/safety Charlie Moore of Bullard, Texas, who said OSU recruited him as an athlete.

Moore de-committed from Louisiana-Monroe, where he had committed in the summer, to pledge his talents to the Cowboys on Sunday night. When we caught up with him Tuesday morning he was heading to South Texas to do some hunting of his own.

"We're heading down to South Texas with the family right now to a ranch to hunt and fish," said Moore, traveling with his family. "I love to hunt and fish. We're actually going to deer hunt, quail hunt, and duck hunt on this trip. I'm carrying a rifle and two shotguns with me."

The deer and birds may have a better chance of avoiding Moore than he did of committing to Oklahoma State. He made a trip to Stillwater for an unofficial visit last weekend and was hooked.

"I've always dreamed of playing in the Big 12 and Oklahoma State is a nationally ranked team," started Moore. "I came down there and met all the coaches. Coach (Mike) Gundy is building a great program down here and I guess it is just the fact that they have a good family atmosphere with all their players and great relationships.

"I was just amazed that all the facilities and everything. It was just awesome."

This past season Moore, who is 6-3, and right at 200 pounds and runs a 4.5 and change in the 40, posted some huge numbers at Bullard (Texas) High School. He ran for 1,150 yards and 19 touchdowns and threw for 1,950 yards and 20 touchdowns.

He also posted 75 tackles on defense with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Those numbers came playing in a district that includes the likes of Texas 3A powerhouse Gilmer, Tatum, Tyler Chapel Hill, and Longview Spring Hill.

"Yes, yes sir it is tough," confirmed Moore. "We struggled a lot this year with injuries. Gilmer and Chapel Hill could definitely compete in 4A. At Chapel Hill we suited up 35 players and they had over 60 players suited up and Gilmer made it to regional finals this season. We beat Tatum at home. They have a really good program down there."

As a junior, Moore completed 63-of-114 passing for 1,252-yards passing with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He ran 117 times for 746 yards and 15 touchdowns. On defense at free safety he had 63 tackles with five interceptions.

His high school head coach, Jim Taylor, calls him a "solid leader." Joe Wickline recruited him to Oklahoma State and their really isn't any suspense as to what he will start out as a position.

"They took me as an athlete and they are talking about playing me as an inside receiver or slotback," explained Moore, who also added that he would likely major in business. "They say developing as a quarterback is tangible in my playing time. We'll just see what happens."

This winter and spring Moore will keep up his busy schedule as he plays basketball and then runs track and plays baseball. In track he runs the quarter mile and the 4X400 relay. In baseball he hits in the three hole in the lineup and patrols center field. On the baseball diamond last season Moore hit .455 with 23 RBIs, eight doubles, and three home runs.

So we guessed that the track coach and the baseball coach argue over Moore in the spring. "Yes sir, actually this year being a senior and all, I have this early release schedule so I can get to my track practice about one o'clock and baseball doesn't start until 3:30. So I won't have any issues this year."

Wickline reportedly doesn't want to have to do any arguing to keep Moore and he has pledged Moore to make this his final answer in recruiting.

"It is. Oh, it is. I am going to be a Cowboy," said Moore.

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