Moore still holds one offer

Illinois tailback/defensive back prospect names favorites, discusses camp visits

Mitchell Moore, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back/defensive back prospect at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill., has one scholarship offer — from Iowa State.

"I talk to the coach every once in a while," Moore said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "They've got a good program. They seem to get better each year. I'm not too sure about how much they run the ball but it's a good program and they are in a good conference."

Moore received a phone call from Wisconsin during the May calling period.

"And here and there I get a handwritten letter from Wisconsin," Moore said. "So I've been getting some interest… . but not as much as the others."

Moore said that Iowa State, Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State and Illinois are currently showing him the most interest.

"A lot of teams just want to see my early senior tape and see how I do," he sad.

Moore certainly has connections to Wisconsin. His head coach, Dave Mohapp, lettered at UW from 1978-81 as a fullback. Mohapp led the Badgers in rushing in '79 with 603 yards on only 117 carries, a 5.2-yards-per-carry average. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in '79 and '81 and is 15th on UW's all-time rushing list with 1,710 yards.

"He talks about it," Moore said. "He tells me stories and stuff."

In addition, Moore is friends with UW freshman linebacker O'Brien Schofield. Moore used to live in North Chicago, where Schofield attended high school, and the two crossed paths often through sports.

"He told me how practices are going and stuff. So I know a little bit about them," Moore said.

However, the Badgers are currently not one of the schools at the top of Moore's list, likely because UW is not showing him as much interest as some other schools.

In addition to Iowa State, Moore said, "I like Iowa a lot, I like Purdue. It's just a lot of schools I like, but I like Iowa and Purdue and Rutgers."

Moore is a three-year starter at tailback for Warren. Defensively, he is playing inside linebacker this year after two seasons in the defensive backfield. But he is still being recruited at both running back and defensive back.

Moore attended camps at Northern Illinois and Illinois this summer and also made unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State.

"I learned a lot at Northern," Moore said. "It was a one-day camp, but I worked with the running back coach the whole time. Me and him got along really well and I learned a lot there.

"And at the U of I camp they had me working out with the DBs. It was new for me so that was a learning experience too."

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