The Louisville native grew up wanting to play in the Southeastern Conference. Last week he got his wish when he got an offer from Ole Miss.
"Ever since I was a little kid, I just dreamed of playing in the SEC. That was my dream," said an excited Clayton Moore.
Today, he accepted that offer from the Rebels.
"I am calling Coach Nutt right now to let him know that I am going to be an Ole Miss Rebel. I have visited enough campuses to know I am 100% Ole Miss. This is a dream come true for me. Ole Miss is close to home, and my family is the most important thing to me. At first, I was like, it would be cool to get away from home and go play some where away. But then as timed passed, I realized how important my family is to me. But it is more than that. The coaches at Ole Miss, they have a great staff. Coaches Nutt and Austin are as good as it gets about knowing their stuff. And my recruiting coordinator, Coach Derrick Nix, he had as much of an impact as any body. We just bonded and I liked talking to him.""
Clayton visited the campuses of Oklahoma State and Oregon, and took in camps at Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State and Louisville.
One more school peaked his interest.
"Coach Gunter Brewer at Oklahoma State was one of the first coaches to offer me," Moore noted. "When I got up there, the coaching staff was really good to me and made me feel real comfortable. They also had unbelievable facilities, but I have always wanted to play in the SEC and Ole Miss felt like home to me."
Moore holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Pitt, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, New Mexico State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, USM, East Carolina, and several more.
But representing his home state was too much to overcome from Ole Miss' competitors.
"It means everything. I grew up in Mississippi and lived here all of my life and being able to represent the state at the highest level in the best conference in America, it does not get any better than that. Most kids just dream of making it on the D1 level, but to have the opportunity to play for your flagship school in your home state, it's just a dream come true for me."
How does it feel to have the decision over with?
"It feels great, because as much as every kid dreams of being recruited by all of these great schools, it gets a little tough on you because you build these relationships with so many coaches. But you know in the end, you have to tell them all no but one. That's tough. So yeah, it feels real good to get that over with (laugh)."
The 6' 2", 205 pound signal caller led his team to their 1st State Championship since 1995 as a junior and had over 3, 000 passing and over 800 rushing yards and a total of 42 TD's this past season.
This year, he is looking to repeat for only Louisville's second time in school history.
"That is our only goal. Once you taste success, you never want to go back. And just knowing what it meant to our community to win it last year; we do not want to let them down and not give them that pride again."
Moore knows that the ride is not over now that he has made his commitment.
"You always have to keep working. If you take one snap off, they are going to catch up with you. And if you are behind, you are trying to pass the next man. It is like Nascar, when you are ahead, you want to widen that gap, and when you are behind, you want to close it."