Moore takes unofficial to Syracuse

It has been a busy 24 hours for Clayton Moore, the Mississippi quarterback who made an unofficial visit to Syracuse on Thursday. Described as one of the South's top signal callers during his high school career, the 3-star prospect called SyracuseFan.com after transferring planes in Charlotte, the halfway point of his journey home to Louisville, MS.

It has been a busy 24 hours for Clayton Moore, the Mississippi quarterback who made an unofficial visit to Syracuse on Thursday.

Described as one of the South's top signal callers during his high school career, Moore is listed in the Scout.com database as having high interest in lining up under center for the Orange.  The 3-star prospect called SyracuseFan.com after transferring planes in Charlotte, the halfway point of his journey home to Louisville, MS.

Why Syracuse - and why now?  The connection is new offensive coordinator Rob Spence, who Moore said he met while attending a camp at Clemson.  That's not all.  Spence attended church in South Carolina with members of Moore's family, and developed a good friendship.  Moore's aunt suggested that he give Spence a call.

Coach Spence was not in town for Moore's visit, as he and new head coach Doug Marrone are out hitting the recruiting trail.  Moore said that on his visit, he met with Kevin VanDerzee, but ran into a bit of a problem.  The highlight tapes that he brought didn't work, so he instead showed SU's new director of football operations clips off of the Internet.

Tough luck, but Moore said he can handle adversity.

"I was committed to Ole Miss for 4 or 5 months," said Moore.  "That fell through, and now I'm looking for a place to go."

Moore said that Pittsburgh has recently entered the picture, but a seeming decline in interest from another suitor didn't seem to faze him.

"I was talking to Louisville, but not lately," said Moore, and added with a good-natured laugh, "maybe their phones aren't working."

Other schools pursuing him?

"Florida Atlantic is looking at me real hard.  Florida State wants me to walk on," said Moore, who has family members in Florida that know head coach Bobby Bowden.

Before his prior commitment, Moore had offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Virginia Tech, according to Scout.com.

Moore has graduated high school, and said he plans on sending Syracuse his highlight reel immediately.  He wants to schedule an official visit, maybe as soon as next week.  Moore said he is very interested in meeting the new staff and hearing their vision for the future.  He's not so interested in the Orange's recent past.

"Syracuse hasn't won a lot of games lately, but any team can win games with the right player in the right system," said Moore.  "In the Big East, any given team can emerge.  In three years, a program can do a complete 360."

It's not that Syracuse QB prospect Clayton Moore doesn't like flying.  It's that his unofficial visit to Syracuse on Thursday meant he was missing the biggest game of the year.

Moore would be in the air for the second leg of his trip, from Charlotte to Jackson, MS, while the BCS Championship game was being played.

It's no surprise who this SEC-fan thinks is going to win it all.

"Florida.  Tebow all the way."

Why Tebow?  For many of the same reasons Moore was heralded by Scout.com as the 10th best player in Mississippi.  His extreme competitiveness and willingness to go all out to move the chains.

Back to the game.

"The better football player is Sam Bradford.  The better football player is Tim Tebow," said Moore.  "Everybody talks about how he ain't going to make it - he's going to play somewhere. 

Moore loves Tebow's heart and emotion.  "Don't compare our ability - compare our mentality."

Prior to his previous commitment to Ole Miss, Scout.com said Moore held offers from Louisville, Pitt, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, New Mexico State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, and Bowling Green.


Zach Smalt


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