Moore chooses Wisconsin, quarterback

Texas prep signal-caller verbally committed to the Badgers this weekend

Maurice Moore enjoyed a highly productive senior season at Everman (Texas) High School, leading the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record and a third-round playoff game. Moore rushed for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 204 attempts, and completed 40 of 92 passes for 855 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Most of the college football programs pursuing Moore, however, wanted him to convert to defensive back or wide receiver. The reason was simple: Moore stands 5-foot-11, 165 pounds. Not exactly ideal size for a college signal-caller. But Moore feels he can compete and he does lay claim to 4.38-second speed in the 40-yard dash.

Wisconsin was the only major-college program that offered Moore the opportunity to play quarterback. Partly for that reason, Moore verbally committed to the Badgers during his official visit this past weekend.

"I had a good visit there and everything," Moore said in a telephone interview Monday evening. "I liked the city and I met some of the players and got along with them well. And they was giving me a chance to play quarterback."

Moore also had scholarship offers from Iowa and Utah State. The decision boiled down to a competition between the Badgers and Hawkeyes. The latter, though, wanted Moore to play corner. Moore did have an official visit scheduled with Utah State, but he cancelled that trip.

"I was going to go to Utah State next but I went ahead and made my decision," Moore said.

What type of quarterback does Moore see himself as?

Said Moore: "I'm more of a running quarterback. Like in the shotgun. I throw, but I'm more of a running quarterback."

Interestingly, Moore said the only position he ever really played in high school was quarterback. And he clearly wanted the opportunity to remain a signal-caller.

While on his official visit, Moore was surprised to discover that the UW-Madison campus is situated on an isthmus, a strip of land bordered on two sides by Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.

"I like that because I don't see much water where I've played," Moore said. "And they have nice weather. It's a little bit colder than Texas but I'm ready to get out of the summer heat."

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