Note: This interview was conducted prior to Clover's 35-23 victory versus Westside High School.
We see tons of South Carolina's top prospects each and every week whether it be during Friday night games, at practices during the week, camps and combines in the offseason, or passing leagues. One player that the SCPrepNation.com staff agrees is easily one of the fiercest competitors no matter what the odds are is Clover RB/FB Ricky Moore.
At 5'9 195 pounds Moore isn't the biggest player out there but his heart is two or three times bigger than most opponents he faces. With a hard-nosed running style and a drive that will not quit Moore leads a very young Clover Blue Eagle team coming off a AAAA division 2 state championship last season. He shed some light on how things have progressed this season. "Our team is getting better every day. We practice very hard. I have a 15 year old quarterback and 4 starters back on offense and 2 back on defense. So we are young and have little to no experience. I think we can win region. We only have 2 teams that can crush our hopes right now and thats Northwestern and Gaffney. I think we can go back to state if we just improve every day and learn to play harder and faster."
Asked about the competitive nature that he brings with him in whatever he does Moore had this to say. "Before a game or practice I always make sure my teammates know what's going on and make sure they are ready. I give 110 percent effort on every play even when I don't have the ball in my hand. I'm not afraid of anyone or team. I love playing in big games and I love being under pressure." That big game mentality shined brightly in the crown jewel for the Blue Eagles last season at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia as they defeated Beaufort for the title. Moore went on to score 3 touchdowns in the state championship game.
Through the first 4 games of the season Moore put up some strong numbers considering the Blue Eagles employ a wing-T offense. "I have rushed for 505 yards in 4 games. I have only had one game that I did not rush for over a 100 yards but it was against South Pointe, I rushed for 75 yards against them. I didn't play vs Rock Hill because I was out from a concussion. We are 3-2." (The victory over Westside moves Clover to 4-2 now)
While the Blue Eagles lost a tough game to undefeated South Pointe (SC) the two teams could meet again in the playoffs. Moore says thus far the Stallions are the toughest team he's faced this year. "South Pointe has Devonte Holloman and I ran him over the first play I got the ball, but South Pointe's defense was the only team that could hit. Stephon Gilmore is the best player around here though!"
"My best game so far this year was the first game of the year. I rushed for 160 and two touchdowns. It was against the Belmont NC South Point High." Getting off to such a fast start despite leading a fairly young squad Moore has seen a number of schools in the recruiting mix thus far.
In fact his first offer could be confirmed fairly soon from the sounds of things. "Well unofficially Newberry offered me but they told coach Turner, not me. So I'm not 100 percent sure. If they do give me an official offer you will be the first to know." Charleston Southern, Liberty, Coastal Carolina, and Presbyterian are also schools that could be in the mix with offers if Moore continues his early success on the field.
For now he's still awaiting that first offer and he shared with us his leaders at this point. "Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Navy, and Charleston Southern are my favorites as of right now."
Like we said before Moore gets it done on the field, on the practice field, in the weight room, and in the classroom. A leader with tenacity and a tremendous heart expect someone to take notice of just how important of a player Moore can be in a college football program if given the chance. We will have more updates on Ricky Moore so stay tuned!