Moye Doesn't Mind "Athlete" Tag

Size, speed and great athletic ability make Pennsylvania receiver Derek Moye a key target for many schools. Most like him as a receiver, but Penn State views hiim as an athlete. recently spoke with Moye about the path his recruiting is taking and more.

Derek Moye brings both size and speed to the position with his 6-foot-5 frame and recent seventh-place finish in the PIAA AA 100 meters. The tall wideout recorded a time of 11.12 in the state final but reports a season best of 10.7 seconds.

Moye has a lengthy list of suitors.. His list includes Akron, Cincinnati, Boston College, Miami of Ohio, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Temple.

According to Moye, his recruiting strategy is still unsettled. “I wanted to take all my visits and then make a decision, but my high school coach wants me to make a decision before the season. He doesn’t want recruiting to be a distraction during the season, but I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet.”

This summer he wants to see several of the campuses of the schools recruiting him, but he has no firm plan at this time. “No, I’m not planning to attend any of the senior camps, but I am hoping to see some of the schools in the summer. My coach and brother are helping me, but right now I‘m looking for a job.” He has one more week of school.

Moye mentioned that his older brother, Jermaine, originally signed and played at West Virginia after sitting out a season due to grades. Jermaine left West Virginia to have a very productive year as a defensive back at Division II California University of Pennsylvania. Moye explained why his brother left WVU. “He felt they were always moving him around. He played safety, and then they moved him to linebacker so he decided to leave.”

All the schools recruiting Moye are recruiting him as a receiver except one — Penn State. The Nittany Lions are recruiting him as an “athlete.” After everything that happened to his brother, an observer might expect Moye to be leery of that “athlete” tag, but no so. “I’m not really concerned. I want to play receiver and like receiver, but I’d play any where I’m needed.”

In addition to playing both ways in football, Derek plays basketball, baseball and runs track.

Despite living in a hotbed for college football with Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia all within driving distance, Derek says he has no real affection for any of the local schools. “I’m really not a big college fan. I watch games, but there is nobody that is my favorite.”

One of the knocks on Moye is his weight. lists him at 178 pounds, but Moye says he now weights 185 pounds and knows he needs to continue to add that kind of girth to go with his 4.54 forty speed.

Derek reports a 2.5 GPA but said he’s done much better in the classroom since his freshman year. He’s taken the SAT once with a score in the 900’s. He plans to improve his GPA and retake the SAT.


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