Moye Sees Pros and Cons with PSU

PITTSBURGH — Rochester High might be a small, Class A school tucked away in Beaver County, Pa., but college football scouts know how to get there. The Rams have won several WPIAL and PIAA titles over the years and sent numerous athletes on to college. And every once in a while, one of them is special enough to play Division I-A football.

Derek Moye, a 6-foot-5, 178-pound junior, could be the next Rochester grad to play big-time college football. And he could do it at Penn State.

"The recruiting process, it's been a lot of fun, for the most part,'' Moye said. "But it's also been really hectic. I just have to get used to it, get a routine going, and once I get all the information I'll make a decision. Right now, that's what I'm doing. I'm gathering information.

"But college coaches have been coming to Rochester for a long time. Even though we're a small school, we produce a lot of athletes. And I'm looking forward to being one of them. Sure, it's a big thing to be a Division I recruit, but we're kind of used to it at our high school.''

Along with Penn State, Pitt, Notre Dame, Iowa, Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan State have shown interest in Moye. But Pitt has been the only school to offer Moye a scholarship so far. Penn State's junior day is March 25, and the Nittany Lions could make Moye an offer then.

Moye didn't want to tip his hand just yet, but he admitted that there were both positive and negative aspects to going to Penn State.

"Every week they play in front of 100,000 people, so that would be great,'' Moye said. "But they have a lot of wide receivers there already. And they're young wideouts, too; but it would be a nice experience for me. And I'm still young. I have another season at Rochester, so we'll see what happens.''

Whenever Moye makes his decision, it surely will be an informed one. His brother, Jermaine, was highly recruited several years ago, and Derek leans on him for advice. Jermaine Moye matriculated to West Virginia but he recently transferred to Division II California, Pa.

Rochester coach Gene Matsook has also advised Moye. The coach and Jermaine Moye have discussed Derek's prospects with Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who they said has shown a lot of interest.

Moye displayed a great deal of versatility for Rochester last season. He caught 24 passes for 536 yards and nine touchdowns as a wideout, his expected position in college, and added 1,131 yards and 17 touchdowns on 138 carries as a tailback. He had a special teams score as well and with seven conversion scores tallied 169 points last season. Moye also had four interceptions from his defensive back spot.

Moye also performed well at the All-American Combine March 4 at Pitt's UPMC Sports Complex. He covered the 20-yard shuttle run in 4.12 seconds, had a vertical leap of 30.5 inches, finished the three-cone run in 7.38 seconds and had a standing broad jump of 8 feet, 3 inches. A 40-yard dash time was not reported.


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