In the latest edition of Quick Hits we introduced you to a pair of high school standouts that have been getting interest from the South Florida coaching staff. We recently caught up with one of them, quarterback Clayton Moore from Louisville high school in Mississippi.
Last year Clayton threw for over 3,000 yards and rushed for 850 more on the ground. He rushed and passed for 40 touchdowns, leading his division 3A team to a state championship.
"My biggest strength is my ability to be a leader." Adding, "I lead by example by always being aware of what's going on during the game."
the 6-foot-2, 205 pound quarterback has received a lot of early interest and has collected close to a dozen offers. Some of the offers include Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Indiana and Tulsa.
"I don't have any favorites just yet. I'm seeing who's going to offer and then I'll narrow it down."
One team that Clayton thinks could offer next is the South Florida Bulls.
"I actually talked to Coach Gregory for about 10 minutes last week. He said he likes what he's seen of me and wants to see more. I'm sending him a highlight tape and once they evaluate it, I think they could offer."
Clayton says that he's been keeping an eye on the Bulls and likes what he's seen from their offense.
"South Florida is a big time program, they had a great year last year and their quarterback Matt Grothe is coming back, they should be a good team again this year."
Coincidentally Clayton nearly made a visit to Tampa last weekend, he was supposed to be the QB of the Mississippi team in the NewLevel/Scout.com 7on7 tournament last weekend. He was forced to miss the trip because of a high school baseball game that weekend.
Clayton's decision is months away, however he does know what one of the biggest factors in his decision will be.
"My teammate, Dennis Thames, and I want to come together kinda as a package."
Thames plays defense and offense, but is being looked at more as a slot-receiver. Last year he finished the season with over 1, 600 yards of offense and 19 TD's, 93 tackles, 5 int's and 4 defensive TD's. He was named the MVP of the state championship game, accounting for all 3 of the teams offensive touchdowns.
"Dennis and I call our selves shepards" Clayton explained, "Both of us are leaders, he's the Shepard of the defense and I'm the Shepard of the offense. He's like a brother to me and our plan is to go to college together."
"Package Deals" sound great in the spring, but tend to fall apart as signing day nears. Clayton says he's prepared for it if that should happen.
"I know not every situation will be perfect for both of us. If he has a better opportunity to play somewhere else he'll have to take it, but hopefully we end up at the same school."
South Florida is one of those teams that has expressed interest in both players, Arkansas has already offered the duo and Virginia Tech is rumored to be close to offering them as well.
Stick with USFNation for the latest on both Clayton and Dennis. With the Spring Evaluation period nearing, it's likely one or both of these prospects will be offered by the Bulls. If/when it happens we'll have a full update, stay tuned.
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