Focus '06 - Mitchell Moore (RB)

Gurnee, Ill. running back is one to watch; Wisconsin is among a handful of schools showing strong interest

Mitchell Moore, a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder, from Gurnee Warren will be one of the top running back prospects in the state of Illinois in 2005. He has a great teacher in head coach Dave Mohapp, who was one of the best running backs to ever tote the rock in the Land of Lincoln. Moore gave a list of his early favorites as well as a few junior day destinations.

"I don't have any scholarship offers," Moore said. "I'm just getting a lot of mail from schools. A lot of junior day invitations and requests for tape.

"Right now I'd have to say that of all the schools that are recruiting me – Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska and Northern Illinois – would be my favorites.

"I plan on being at Michigan's junior day and I'm also going to Purdue next weekend. I was supposed to go to Iowa's junior day but I had a basketball game and had to miss it."

Moore does not have any offers right now but that should change in April when college coaches start making their rounds during the spring evaluation period.

Mitchell is a three-year starter that rushed for 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns last fall. He was named honorable mention all-state. Moore also played a little strong safety for the Blue Devils.

How does Moore like playing for one of the best all-time running backs in the history of the state of Illinois?

"Coach (Dave) Mohapp doesn't like to talk about it very much," Moore said. "He's a humble guy but he's a great teacher. He knows what it takes to get to the next level."

Mohapp was an all-state running back in the ‘70's for Woodstock High School. He played his college football at Wisconsin. recently ran an article on the "Top 50" Badgers and here's what they had to say about Dave Mohapp.

32. Dave Mohapp-FB-(1978-1981)- Perhaps the best [fullback] in recent Badger history, Mohapp was named to the first team All-Big Ten team in 1979 and 1981 despite never rushing for even 600 yards in a season, truly a testament to his versatility. He is 15th on the all-time rushing list with 1,710 yards and he rushed for 10 touchdowns.

To say Mitchell Moore has a good coach and role model to look up to is an understatement. We look for big things from Moore in 2005.

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