When Kestahn Moore channel surfs on a college football Saturday, he likes to check in on Wisconsin's game if it is televised in his area of Texas. Moore is not only taking a peek at one of his favorite suitors but watching for his close friend, and former prep teammate, Jarvis Minton.
Minton, a star wide receiver at Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington, Texas, is a starter on Wisconsin's punt return team as a true freshman. He has played in mop-up duty at receiver.
Kestahn (pronounced KEE-ston) is one of the top tailbacks in Texas, a 5-10, 199-pound athlete who is rather productive despite the wealth-sharing nature of the Jaguars offense.
"We run the option, similar to like Army and Navy," Moore said. He added that his team has other talented tailbacks and that he is comfortable sharing the load.
Still, Moore has 585 yards and eight touchdowns on just 60 carries. His team has won four consecutive games, improving to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in district play.
As for the recruiting trail, Moore favors Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, with Iowa a distant fourth. He camped with the Cowboys and has visited the Aggies twice unofficially, but has not ventured to Madison or Iowa City and has not taken any official visits.
Moore said he talks frequently with Wisconsin quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton, who is recruiting him for the Badgers, and has built a rapport with him. He has also received positive reports from Minton.
"Jarvis, he told me when he went up there they helped him with the plays," Moore said. "They helped him fit in. That's real to have teammates that helps you and not goes against you because…they don't want you to take their spot of whatever."
Minton also has ties to Oklahoma State. His running backs coach and offensive line coach both attended Oklahoma State, though they did not play football there.
The Aggies have also endeared themselves to Moore.
"They are doing pretty good so far," he said. Texas A&M is 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big 12. "[Dennis Franchione] is taking over and he changed them to win. And they have a good academic program. I'm trying to graduate and a get a good degree, a good diploma."
As for Iowa, Moore said, "They are doing pretty good in the season… I haven't talked to them that much really. They, like, the last one there [among his favorites]. They were showing a lot of interest…they said I was one of their top running backs that they were recruiting…They showed a lot of love."
Moore plans to major in business but said that could change. He carries a 3.65 grade-point average but scored a 740 on his fist attempt at the SAT.
"I took it over again last week and I thought I did pretty good," Moore said.
He expects to have the results of his latest SAT in 2-3 weeks.
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