It has become increasingly rare to see place-kickers land full-scholarship offers right out high school. Marist’s Justin Moore ended up with two — and he accepted the one he got from Georgia Tech this weekend.
“Yeah, I’m a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket,” said Moore, who had been committed to Miami of Ohio since mid-June. “It all happened pretty fast.”
Tech has known about Moore for a long time — he attended their kicking camp the last two years — but was unable to offer him a scholarship when they were maxed out at 12 scholarships most of the fall. But that was before Morgan Burnett, Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan and Demaryius Thomas declared themselves available for the NFL draft.
That the Jackets were willing to offer up one of the four precious grants-in-aid is a testimony to how coach Paul Johnson and his staff feel about Moore as well as their concerns about the state of their current kicking game.
“I’m pretty sure I was always high on their rankings but they didn’t think