A player you might not have heard much about yet is Westerville South WR Nick Moore. Moore is one of the best wideouts in Ohio, but he suffered a broken hand last year, causing him to miss much of the season. As camps approach, Moore is one of the players in Ohio who could see his stock rise significantly. He has already had a busy spring.
“He runs track for our school too, so he’s been busy with track and field, long jump and things like that,” said South Offensive Coordinator Rich Schell. “He attended the Nike Camp up in Ann Arbor and had a real good camp up there and enjoyed himself. A lot of coaches were talking to him up there.”
Nick put up some fine numbers in both those areas this spring. In track, he ran the 100 m at 11.3 and was a 20 ft long jumper, and at Nike, he clocked in at 4.6 in the 40, ran in the top WR group, ran a 4.4 shuttle, and posted a 31-inch vertical leap. Schools have already started to take notice.
“He has been offered by Toledo, and other than that, coaches have been in and out like crazy from Michigan State, Minnesota, Toledo, and schools like that,” Coach Schell said.
“I think Michigan State really likes him,” said the coach. “Coach Haynes comes down here and recruits – he’s one of our head coach’s good friends, and he really likes (Nick) a lot. He’s been here probably three times.”
Is there interest in Ohio State?
“Nick likes Ohio State, but they haven’t really shown interest that much,” he said. “He was their #1 receiver at camp last year, and he’s going back down to their camp this year. He’s going to that camp and I think Michigan’s camp in the summer, so we’ll see there.”
Nick has made big strides throughout his career, and he hopes to take the next step in 2003.
“He’s matured a lot since his freshman year,” Coach Schell said. “He’s gotten his grades up. The kids love him. He’s a hard worker in the weight room. He’s a leader on and off the field. Last year, he broke his hand in the third game so he’s hungry to get out there and show what he can do to not only the recruiters and everybody, but to the rest of his teammates.
“He has all the tools it takes to be a good receiver. He wants to show everybody what he can do. His brother is a receiver at Toledo. Everybody compares Nick to his brother Lance, but I think Nick wants to shine on his own, and he thinks this year is the year he’s going to do it.”
Are there any schools that Nick would like to hear more from?
“He would love to hear from Ohio State and Michigan, and Michigan State more,” Coach Schell said. “He loves the Big Ten. Obviously they’re interested in him because they’ve been talking to him, but like I said, Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan State are probably the three biggest schools that have been talking to him, but he’s hoping and wishing for Ohio State and Michigan to kind of put their two cents in.
“I think maybe with a stronger senior year, he’ll open their eyes because he’s got the tools to do it. He’s got the height, the strength, the speed, and everything.”
Camps are right around the corner, so keep an eye out for Nick Moore as he has what it takes to rise up the charts.