The state of Michigan has plenty of talent on the football field but there are always some talented student-athletes, who get overlooked, in this case one of those players is Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s (Mich.) 2015 athlete Ross Moore, who I feel is one of the players to lookout for this season.
The senior-to-be already holds an offer from Findlay (D2) and he has quickly gained interest from Toledo, Bowling Green State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and pretty much every other school in the MAC Conference.
Over the last few months, Moore has visited multiple colleges and he has reportedly performed well at a number of thier football camps as well.
Earlier this month, Jim Comparoni of SpartanMag.com, spoke very highly of Moore, saying that he performed really well at the Michigan State’s annual 7-on-7 camp.
“Ross Moore was his usually play-making self on Wednesday. Moore (5-9, 165) might not have all of the size that major colleges are looking for, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that he is the only player on his team that stands out at three different positions – WR, DB and RB. Moore isn’t likely in line for serious consideration from the Spartans, but he provided an eyeful for MAC coaches in attendance, including staff members from Kent State, Western Michigan and the University of Buffalo.” – Jim Comparoni of SpartanMag.com
Moore’s impressive camp performances don’t stop at Michigan State. According to recruiting reporter Eric Rutter of Scout.com, Moore led the defensive back group at Eastern with his work at defensive-back.
“Ross Moore, from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s, led the defensive back group at Eastern with his work at cornerback. Moore was among the quickest defensive backs in attendance and his athleticism paid off with several pass break-ups during one-on-ones. Moore has a good break on the ball and came away victorious on the majority of his reps.” – Eric Rutter of Scout.com
Although, he has yet to receive a division one scholarship offer, Ross says he and his father, Rod Moore, are remaining optimistic that he will receiver his first division one offer soon.
“Early on, I would stress and worry about Ross’s recruiting, but one day Ross reminded me that there was no need to stress because we have no control over who decides to offer him, God has control over that and he said that was good enough for him.” Rod Moore replied. “So after that, I didn’t stress, I’ve just been enjoying the flow of the recruiting process.”
If there is one thing, Moore offers to a football program, its versatility. As a junior last season, Moore performed exceptionally well on both sides of the ball. On the offensive side of the ball, he scored five touchdowns, while earning 600+ all-purpose yards. Defensively, he was even more impressive with, 33 Tackles (five tackles for a loss), two sacks, three force fumbles (two fumble recoveries), two interceptions and five pass break-ups.
Keep in mind that it isn’t just statistics with this young man. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Moore is a true student of the game, who has the ability to adapt to any situation. He has a great speed, seeing that he reportedly ran a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash at Ohio State’s football camp. Besides his great speed, he has good instincts and when you combine that with his good footwork and overall explosiveness, you’re talking about a versatile athlete with plenty to offer on both sides of the ball. Which is why I still say it’s only a matter of time before, he receives his first division one offer.
As Moore patiently waits for his first division one offer, he continues to put in more hard work on the football field, because going into his senior season, Ross will once again be playing on both sides of the ball. Although, he says he see’s himself at defensive back at the next level, he feels this will help to show coaches, he can play more than defensive back at the next level.
“Right now, I’m really working hard to make sure my conditioning is at a high level because going into my senior season, I will be playing defensive-back and running back.” Moore said. “I play wide some wide receiver and even played kick returner in special teams last year and I performed well and my goal is to do the same thing at running back this season, so that coaches can once again see my versatility. Right now, I prefer to play defensive back at the next level but I am open to playing a different position, if needed.”
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see what Moore does on this field this upcoming season and I’m sure there are various college coaches, who can’t wait either.
However, in the meantime, Moore says he plans to continue to visiting college campuses and performing at camps. Going into July, he plans to attend and visit Grand Valley State’s football camp (D2) along Ferris State’s camp (D2) and after that he plans to visit a few schools in Kentucky.
“Overall, I would say I am enjoying the recruiting process.” Moore replied. “I’m grateful to each and every program that has taken the time to recruit and offer me. When the time comes, I will pick a school that will help me to achieve greatness in the classroom and on the field. It won’t matter whether it is division one school or division two school, all that will matter is how the school fits me and prepares me for the life and adulthood.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit