Moore Likes Rice Visit

The Rice Owls only hosted one visitor last weekend; but he got the "red carpet treatment". Manor's Donte Moore tells Owl Digest about his official visit to the Rice Campus last weekend. More inside...

Rice coaches rolled out the red carpet for Manor WR Donte Moore last weekend. Moore was the only official visitor on campus so he got a lot of one on one attention from Rice coaches and administrators - including film study with Owl Boss David Bailiff himself.

Moore visited the campus with his mother and her boyfriend, and all came away impressed.

"I'd give it about a 9.5 to a 10. The trip went really great. My Mom thinks Rice is the greatest school in the world! Coach Bailiff is just a real down to earth guy too. You can really tell he cares about his players. He's a great guy."

Moore was hosted by Freshman Defensive Back Xavier Webb.

"Xavier is a real good guy. After we ate dinner at Pappadeaux's I hung out with him until about 2 in the morning just talking about all kinds of stuff. I didn't know Xavier before, but I knew Montgomery had a really good Quarterback last year because they played Austin McCallum."

While Donte liked what he saw from Rice, the Owls are equally impressed with Moore. Most notably the 6-2 175 pound Moore's incredible speed.

"I ran a 4.32 at the UT Camp last summer."

He also sports a best of 4.05 seconds in the pro shuttle; and a 37" vertical jump.

Moore has the tools to be a very productive college Receiver, but admits he needs to gain a little weight.

"I'm a little skinny because I'm so tall but I talked to Coach Yancy (McKnight) and he said I wouldn't have any problems getting bigger and stronger. I'm actually pretty strong for my size because I'm in Powerlifting too. I can Deadlift over 500 pounds and Squat over 400. Yancy really liked that."

With Rice losing WR Jarett Dillard to graduation, and James Casey to the NFL; Moore is just the type of standout prospect they need to re-stock their Receiving corps. The Owls also lose senior Toren Dixon after the 2009 season.

The Rice depth chart is definitely something Moore has noticed.

"The coaches told me if I worked real hard I could play as a freshman. They are losing some Receivers so there's a good chance for early playing time."

Moore is an excellent student and was also very impressed with what he saw in the classroom at Rice.

"I want to major in Mechanical Engineering or Sports Management. The class sizes at Rice are great - they average only about 15 in a class. The professors also live on campus so you can always get help if you need it."

Moore still has a decision to make though. His Rice trip went about as well as you would want, but Moore will take one more trip before deciding where he'll play his college football.

"I'm visiting TCU this weekend. I can't imagine them topping my trip (to Rice) last weekend. I really like Rice and could see myself going there. I'll probably make my decision when I come back next Sunday."

Stay tuned to Owl Digest as we follow Moore's plans for college...

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