PITTSBURG, Calif. -- At a tournament that featured several household names on the recruiting trail -- who came in with Pac-12, Big 10 and SEC offers -- it was a little-known, un-offered athlete from Tracy (Calif.) who wound up winning Most Valuable Player honors at the Passing Down Nor Cal Regional.
Xavier Moore and his team -- Valley’s Got Talent White -- survived the 18-team field to win the April 9 regional at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif., clinching the first title for the club team out of the Modesto region.
And the curly-blond-haired Moore provided the most dynamic plays during the most crucial moments of the near-eight-hour tournament – a bracket that brought out the likes of national stars Steve Stephens, Trent Tompkins, Deshon Wilson, Spencer Webb and others.
During semifinals play, Moore blazed past his cornerback in man coverage and executed a brilliant one-handed grab that got his teammates and crowd to yell out “Odell Beckham!” after he came down with the catch. The reception helped to solidify VGT White’s title game appearance with the win over Team Rowdy Renegades.
“Besides him (the defender) being off the ball the whole game, I said to my quarterback ‘trust me.’ And he went and threw it up…and I don’t know, I just came down with it,” Moore said.
In that title game against local power TMP Elite, Moore showed his move-the-chains side by working underneath from the slot and providing the first downs for his team.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Moore went from relative unknown on the recruiting trail to the tournament’s top playmaker, as he was awarded the MVP hardware by the Passing Down committee.
While Moore brought the flair and flash for his team, he chose the humble road after clutching his individual hardware.
“Man, I’m just excited to be out here,” Moore said. “I’m just thanking all my teammates because we all did this together. I also thank my quarterback for putting me in a position to make those plays.”
In shoulder pads and a helmet, Moore becomes the top moving chess piece for the Tracy offense – taking handoffs on triple option plays, finding holes in the middle of the secondary as a slot receiver and lastly, giving the Bulldogs a deep route option with his reported 4.6 40-yard dash time.
Moore was one of four Bulldogs who accumulated over 400 all-purpose yards last season -- 316 yards and 2 touchdowns on 34 carries, 160 yards on 6 receptions and 24 kickoff return yards. Moore, though, tells Scout that he hasn’t received any scholarship offers or letters.
Moore owns a 4.5 grade point average, and has dreams of attending Stanford.
“I just want to go there, get my education and have a bright future," he said of the Cardinal.
In the meantime, while Moore gets showered with praise from his coaches and teammates on his club team, he chooses to not relish in his dynamite ability.
“I just like to compete and play hard,” Moore said.