Recruiting: What about Kellen Moore?

FOR FOLLOWERS of prep football and college recruiting in Washington, one question continues to surface: What about Kellen Moore? Specifically, why isn't the record setter from Prosser getting more recruiting attention? He threw 66 TD passes last season and beat out Jake Locker for All-State honors and Jason Munns for All-Area plaudits. Yet except for EWU, the scholie offers have yet to flow.

Locker, from Ferndale, is headed to Washington this fall and Munns, a senior-to-be from Kennewick, already has committed verbally to BYU for 2007. But Kellen Moore, the most prolific high school passer in state history, is still waiting for offers from the Pac-10 and WAC. He's getting interest from a range of schools, including Oregon State, Boise State and Utah. And he earned praise this spring at a camp in California that drew QBs from around the West.

Still, the lefty has just one scholarship offer so far.

Moore's relatively modest size (6-1, 185) could explain part of it. He's not known for a rocket arm but according to observers at a combine at USC, he was spinning it as well as anyone. And then there's last year's title game blowout loss vs. Ferndale, a televised contest where Prosser was missing its two best receivers (Cody Bruns, Nick Boydston) and a third WR was nursing a pulled hammy.

Moore completed 62 percent of his passes, throwing for 270 yards and two TDs, but the Mustangs were never in it. Locker and the offense got most of the ink, with Ferndale rushing for 402 yards.

THE BIGGER PIECE to the puzzle, though, could be typecasting -- that his success is simply the offshoot of the "system" -- says Tom Moore, Prosser's head coach and Kellen's dad. Prosser, about halfway between Tri-Cities and Yakima, is a perennial Class 3A power with a wide open passing offense that Kellen has long known like the back of his proverbial hand.

"I think he's being downgraded because he's being lableled by numerous 'experts' as a system quarterback," said the elder Moore.

But the younger Moore is also a football sponge, having attended literally hundreds of college practices and watching game film with his dad since he was seven-years-old. Even more than that, while a lot of players might pick up, say, video games for a hobby, Moore spends his free time poring over playbooks and game tape.

On the computer, Moore studies from more than 80 college playbooks pulled off the internet. He also dissects plays from a collection of 75 college games.

"He could walk into a West Coast offense right now," said Tom Moore.

MOORE RACKED UP a record 4,600 air yards and mind-numbing 66 TD passes as a junior in 2005. He had more yards, TDs and completions (316 out of 481 attempts), in a season than anyone in the state's history. Get ready for more fireworks this year. "I think we're going to be really good, our receivers are looking phenomenal," said the elder Moore.

Right now, Eastern Washington -- a Divison I-AA power with a history of outstanding quarterbacks -- represents his lone offer. The Pac-10 schools appear to passing on him or taking a wait-and-see approach.

"I've loved WSU for a long time but I'm interested in all the schools," said Kellen. "I don't really have a favorite."

Moore has a busy couple of weeks on tap. He goes to Oregon State this Friday, the NIKE combine at Eugene on Saturday and Oregon's half-day camp Sunday. Next week, he'll be at Idaho for two days, followed by a weekend trip to Boise State. Down the road, he visits Utah, followed by Prosser's team camp at EWU.

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