Herbert Moore collects four offers

While Brian Kimbrow and Will Redmond were putting up big offensive numbers at Memphis East this season, it was Herbert Moore who anchored the Mustang defense from defensive tackle. The 6-foot-2, 320-pound junior was an sizable presence on the defensive line, but missed most of East's last two games of the season with an ankle injury. Moore talked about offers and more here...

"It was October 28th in our game against Whitehaven that the injury occurred," said Herbert Moore. "It was a lower ankle sprain. It's getting better. We lost in the first round to Clarksville Northeast, and I felt ashamed being on the sidelines because the team really needed me."

The Mustangs fell 41-38 to Clarksville Northeast in the opening round of the Tennessee Class 5A playoffs. The defense could have benefitted from Moore's run-stopping ability.

Jalen Reeves, the Clarksville Northeast quarterback, rushed for 313 yards with five touchdowns while Brian Kimbrow nursed his own ankle injury in what would be the last game of his brilliant career. Next year he'll play at Vanderbilt, and the spotlight will likely shine on Moore.

"We play a 4-3 defense," said Moore. "I can play the one and the three technique. This year the two areas I improved the most had to be coming off the ball faster and with my running or pursuit of the ball carrier. My two best games were against (Memphis) Central and Hamilton."

Moore accounted for 29 solo tackles on the season with another 13 assisted tackles. Primarily a run stuffer than a pass rusher he had two pass defections and one forced fumble. While scouting seniors Kimbrow, Redmond, and Latarius Brady, coaches also noticed the big guy on the other side of the ball.

"My first offer came when I was a sophomore from Illinois," Moore said. "I've also been offered by North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Clemson. I went to games at Ole Miss and Kentucky during the season, and I think both schools are close to offering me."

When Moore received the Vanderbilt offer during the season, he was excited at the idea of possibly playing with Brian Kimbrow again. He calls Kimbrow "the best teammate I ever had."

"Coach (Wesley) McGriff was talking to me in the coach's office at my high school when he told me I had the offer," Moore said. "I felt really good about it. Brian's been telling me how great the school is and how they're really big on academics. I'm trying to get my summer situated so I can make a trip to Vanderbilt and the three out-of-state schools I've been offered by."

In the off-season, Moore's goal is to trim down to at least 300 pounds and plans on doing some track and field events in the spring. Then he'll plot out his travel itinerary for the summer months.

"I want to be in a place I'm comfortable with because I'm going to be living there for four years," said Moore on choosing a university. "I'd like to be at a school with a great atmosphere. Location really doesn't matter because in the end I'm going to go with what I think is the best option for me."

Moore was selected with teammate, Bobby Billingsley, to participate in the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine in January. He plans on being there with Memphis East head coach, Marcus Wimberly. Moore will prepare for the event this month as well as studying to take the ACT in December. Moore wears No. 99 for the Mustangs.

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