Prospect profile: Griffin’s Corey Moore happy to be a Bulldog

Good thing Corey Moore isn’t into football for fame and glory. The junior safety from Griffin committed to Georgia on Jan. 30, a full year and three days before he’ll have a chance to sign a letter-of-intent. But he wasn’t even the Bulldogs’ first pledge. That honor went to Tucker safety Chris Sanders, who happened to go into coach Mark Richt’s office before him that day at UGA’s first Junior Day.  So all he got was a few lines in the paper. Yet Moore said he feels anything but overshadowed. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound multi-sport athlete wasn’t looking for attention when he made his early choice. After getting an offer from his “dream school,” Moore simply didn’t see any reason to put off the inevitable. And by all accounts this is no marginal prospect pouncing on the first good offer to come his way. The ball-hawking safety snagged six interceptions and manned the back line of suffocating Griffin defense that has terrorized Class AAAA the past couple of seasons. He’s currently transitioning from basketball to track, where he runs the 4×100, 4×400 and long jump, among other events. I sat down to talk to Moore this week as part of a continuing series prospect profiles for the AJC Recruiting Blog.

Q: So why commit to Georgia so early in the recruiting process?

A: “When I got the chance to go to that campus the first time, I was like, ‘I love this place.’ This is my dream school I always wanted to go to.’ I said, ‘if they offer me I’m gonna take it.’ And they did.”

Q: The Bulldogs actually offered you before you went to Athens, right?

A: “Yes, sir. We’ve had some folks from Griffin play for Georgia like Charlie Clemons, Johnathan Sullivan, some others. I talked to them a little bit about going to Georgia. That really sealed the deal there.”

Q: How much recruiting interest had you been getting before Georgia?

A: “I had a whole bunch of schools that were very interested but I didn’t have any offers on the table. Georgia was my first offer. Offers are rolling in now but that was my first one.”

Q: So you’re recruitment actually picked up after you committed to Georgia?

A: “Yeah, I’ve heard from Georgia Tech, Florida State, North Carolina State, North Carolina, LSU, a whole bunch of them.”

Q: How’s it make you feel knowing you’ve got a college scholarship locked up, and to your dream school no less?

A: “It’s humbling. It makes you just want to work harder, first in high school and then to get ready for college. It’s just humbling.”

Q: What has the reaction been in Griffin since you became a Bulldog?

A: “Some people congratulate me and some people ask me, ‘you didn’t want to hold out until other offers rolled in?’ I’m like, ‘No, Georgia is my dream school.’ They understand.”

Q: Were you born and raised in Griffin?

A: “I wasn’t born in Griffin but I was raised in Griffin. I moved to Griffin when I was 3 years old. I was born in Atlanta. My dad was raised in Griffin. My mom is from Atlanta.

Q: So what’s it like growing up in Griffin?

A: “It’s like a big family down here. Everyone knows everyone. We all get along. When it comes to football, everybody loves Griffin football.”

Q: I know Georgia is hard after your teammate Xzavier Dickson, as is pretty much everybody? Do you have any influence with him?

A: “Oh yeah. I’ve been working on him. Me and Chris and Amarlo [Herrera], all three of us have been working on him trying to get him to come with us. We all have his number. But he hasn’t made up his mind yet. We’re trying to get him to go with us to Junior Day on Saturday at Georgia.”

Q: Is he going to go?

A: “Oh, yeah, I think he’s going to come.”

Q: Isn’t the general consensus that he’s leaning toward Alabama?

A: “Yeah, I’d say so. I visited there with him before I got the offer from Georgia. They love him down there.”

Q: What position do you think you’ll play at Georgia?

A: “I’m a safety, cornerback, wide receiver, I can play them all. They said safety but they said they may throw me in there at wide receiver a little bit.”

Q: What do you think of the new secondary coach Scott Lakatos?

A: “I was just talking to him today. He was showing his family around the campus. He’s a really nice coach, a good coach. I talk to him a lot. I knew nothing about him before but that day I did commit, me and him talked about it. I learned a lot about him then. He’s a real good coach, stays on you. He wants you to do well, not only in football but in life.”

Q: Georgia had four players de-commit in this last class. Are you keeping your options open?

A: “No, sir, I’m going to keep it as it is. No visits anywhere or anything.”

Q: What’s the outlook for Griffin next season?

A: “We lost some good talent but I think we’re going to come out stronger and win it all this year. Getting knocked out like we did last year, it’s more motivation really. We’re definitely going to win it all.”

121 comments Add your comment

hope2013

February 24th, 2010
5:53 am

Welcome to Dawg nation young man it’s all that and more.You will love it

RomeDawg

February 24th, 2010
5:56 am

Welcome! We are glad your a dawg!

RedNeck Haiku

February 24th, 2010
6:06 am

3RD !!!!!!………lmao

H

February 24th, 2010
6:41 am

I love this guy. GO DAWGS.

Confused

February 24th, 2010
6:42 am

Pretty early to commit to a safety school, isn’t it?

Oh well, he’ll probably back out within the next 11 months anyway.

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
7:01 am

dream school, bwahahaha. i guess some people are destined more mediocrity!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

February 24th, 2010
7:13 am

He should’ve went to auburn then if he wanted to settle for mediocrity. the team and it’s town is nothing but a cowpoke haven for morons. Welcome to UGA Sanders!!

Greg

February 24th, 2010
7:15 am

War Eagle, you should know all about being destined for mediocrity.

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
7:18 am

Athens is the armpit of the sec next to bammer, you and bammer are delusional in self worth.

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
7:19 am

Greg, did you see our recruiting, we are gonna stomp you and bammer for years to come.

Frank

February 24th, 2010
7:24 am

WAR eagle – fear the thumb LOL!!!!! If Athens is the armpit, Auburn is the as****e if you get my drift.

THWGT!!!!

scdawg

February 24th, 2010
7:26 am

WAR eagle, you know as well as i do you cant not possibly know how well your recruiting class is going to perform once they step foot on the field. Congrats on the recruiting class that yal got, but please dont start talking all this trash, when you have no idea what yal have and by the way dont count your chickens before they hatch. Good luck to ya and your team, i hope yal do well except that one sat.

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
7:28 am

Frank, you got Mark Richt…………enough said.

devildawg

February 24th, 2010
7:31 am

Cmon war ego, you know that people go to Auburn because the aren’t good enought to go to UGA. Auburn copied UGA’s campus design, UGA’s stadium, heck you even have hedges. What a joke. Second rate all the way around.

getthepicturenow

February 24th, 2010
7:36 am

i agree with H, this is my kinda bulldog! congrats son, welcome home!

ImADawg

February 24th, 2010
7:36 am

WAR eagle —- Auburn must be the cess pool of the SEC! What else could explain the abundance of toilet paper that gets thrown around after a game?

TommyP

February 24th, 2010
7:39 am

WAR eagle: Took my basketball team to Auburn last summer to camp. To hear you belittle Athens in favor of Auburn? Worst place we’ve ever camped. We’ll never go back.

TommyP

February 24th, 2010
7:40 am

WAR eagle: We do have Richt. The same guy that destroys your team on an annual basis.

If Meyer's So Good, Why Does He Schedule Charleston Southern?

February 24th, 2010
7:41 am

Love all the UGA haters here.

If UGA is so bad, why do you post here?

If you’re not worried about UGA beating your team and outrecruiting you, why do you post here?

Makes no sense.

south

February 24th, 2010
7:46 am

War Eagle – you have Gene Chitted – enough said

You lookin forward to another beatdown in 2010 – 5 in a row…

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
7:48 am

Same ol’ stuff….all those recruits….

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
7:53 am

No kidding Gator, same ole stuff, all these amazing recruits and no results.

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
7:56 am

Exactly, War Eagle. Evvvvvery year, “the GREATEST recruiting class EVER”…”bound for National Championship”….blah, blah, blah……As Spurrier once said “Same ol’ GA…they get all those recruits. I jus’ don’t know what happens to ‘em”.

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
8:00 am

I know what happens to them, they go to richts swimming and diving classes in the summer, richts bowling league, richts horse riding school and learn to dance in the endzone right before they take a blow to the skull in Jville.

what a joke they are, football and everything else

Observe & Report

February 24th, 2010
8:07 am

WAR Eagle, it’s funny that you are talking smack considering UGA has owned your asses for the past 4 years. No results = 4 in a row over you!

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
8:16 am

And I’m the same ‘ol Gator fan. Putting my 2 cents in under an article about Georgia Football. I can’t help it! Work ‘em, Silly Gators!!!

dawgster

February 24th, 2010
8:21 am

You know War Eagle of all the people that should be bashing the dawgs you would think it wouldn’t be an auburn guy, lets see 4 losses in a row to the dawgs, I guess the the gators can brag an trash us until we can prove otherwise on the field, but we will see what happens the next few years. You know Spurrier made those comments while at florida and if i remember alot of other teams didn’t do so well against his gators in those days either, but i don’t really hear him run his mouth about the dawgs now, do I?, but again i say of all the teams we play, right now, the war eagle nation should just keep their mouths shut until they prove it on the field..And i will add the dawg nation should say little about the gators until we prove it on the field, and gators beleive or not it will turn around, so enjoy while you can…

Denver Dog

February 24th, 2010
8:21 am

I think he is a fine young man, but I don’t want to hear about committments, I just want to know about them once that they suit up in a Bulldog uniform.

messin with sasquatch

February 24th, 2010
8:22 am

yay. i can bring my friends.

Vick=Dog killing thug

February 24th, 2010
8:23 am

Boy the dawg haters are out in full force. Welcome to the dawg nation young man. Great choice and it’s great to be a Bulldawg.

LOL @ War eagle.. but probable fake anyway….

Noonie

February 24th, 2010
8:26 am

It’s hilarious Alabama’s little brother is actually making fun of other schools. Not only are the academically a joke, but aside from a decent football team, aren’t much better athletically.

Let’s see, get owned by Bama, 4 straight to UGA, dominated by LSU. Hire a coach who was 5-19 winning record. Finally have a good recruiting class, for the first time in, well, ever. The only decent thing you guys have going for you is Gus. He’ll be gone after next year anyways. And besides, most of the SEC figured out his “smoke and mirrors” offense anyways. That explains being shut down totally when playing against SEC competition.

that game meant nothing to paul johnson

February 24th, 2010
8:27 am

why didn’t he commit to being a future flagboy..sure they have plenty of batons left at bobby field between the slums?

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
8:28 am

BTW

(((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))
17 out of 20
7 out of 9

Tech school colors look like a urinal

February 24th, 2010
8:28 am

Welcome aboard Corey. I wish you success on the football field and in life.

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
8:32 am

Yes, this IS the forum for me to beat my chest. I say things like WE won and WE are national champs while breathing through my mouth. Gary Brown is my baby sitter.

WAR eagle

February 24th, 2010
8:41 am

The next sec team to win the national title will be Auburn.

Mark it down!!

1980 dawgs…………1980

dawgster

February 24th, 2010
8:41 am

gatorguy, what yours problem, we all know the record, we could go back thru the years and quote similar statistics in this series..As i understand it the dawgs still lead the series…You gators keep up the bashing if it makes you feel like a superior being,,As i said when things change, and they will lets see how much talking you do…Until then keep up the classless insults to the dawgs, and when things do change will you be man enough to take what is dished out to you…As i have posted many times before, i took my daughter to a ga-fla game years ago and we lost, but the insults that were made to my daughter and myself were some of the worst i have ever been associated with, and by the way she was wearing Red and Black colors and was 8 years old..the most, and yes she cried from the insults, but why should this surprise us regarding the gatornation, my apologies to the rest of the gatornation that do show alot of class…I just don’t read alot of their comments on here..

Dawg in Florida

February 24th, 2010
8:46 am

Gatorguy, I guess UF only started playing football in 1990 cause you only ever quote stats from the last 20 years. You and my older brother have the same stat quoting practices so I guess all Florida fans are the same way.

Glory to Old Georgia! Established in 1785! Oldest Chartered University in the South! Go Dawgs! Sic ‘Em!

Tailback U

February 24th, 2010
8:46 am

Welcome Corey ! Just one other thing , GATA!

Who cares

February 24th, 2010
8:49 am

Story lines about early commits are complete garbage. Sorry to be so cynical but next year when they all began taking recruiting trips and playing the prima donna games who knows where they will end up. The majority of them don’t deserve to go to college anyway. I have a cousin who never made a B in school and he is a senior this year. He scored over 1300 on the SAT and he applied at GT and was defered. Are you freaking kidding me? Then I look at some of these football players who couldn’t spell CAT if you spotted them the C and the T getting into major universities. It’s a joke and everytime I see one of them being interviewed I cringe when they are unable to spit out a coherent sentence.

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Is a classy Gator fan an oxymoron?

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
8:54 am

LOL….you mutties like to dish it, but you can’t take it.

dawgster

February 24th, 2010
8:57 am

i don’t know Gatorguy, why don’t you spit out some oxymoron statistics for us to look at and review…

Ryan

February 24th, 2010
8:58 am

I meant kicked off…not arrested

dawgster

February 24th, 2010
9:07 am

i say the dawg fans have taken it pretty well Gatorguy, we are still here and will be here during good times and tough times, what about you…When the worm turns, and it will, will you be able to take it, i don’t think you can or will, but we will see…Now why don’t we talk some real football in the future, is there any possibility that you can do that…Its a long time before 2010 kickoff season…

GHOST OF ERK RUSSELL

February 24th, 2010
9:17 am

Graduated from UGA in 85 and been to every campus in the SEC-UGA is the prettiest school with the best looking girls.You made a great choice Corey.

dawgster

February 24th, 2010
9:22 am

gatorguy, you are right we have had our share of problems as all schools do, I did find it interesting watching ESPN network on Monday, quoting the number of arrests that the gators have had under Meyer…I believe it was something like 30…Don’t know know how accurate that was, but it was on ESPN who loves you guys…And by the way the way you were Number 1 in that category…Just another statistic to give you that you might want to quote in the future…

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
9:24 am

Those were Ron Zook’s recruits. I can only claim Marcus Thomas, Javis Moss, Jamar Hornsby, Brandon Spikes and Gary Brown.

jbts30228

February 24th, 2010
9:25 am

Congrats I hope you have a great senior year in high school.

Gatorguy

February 24th, 2010
9:28 am

And Kenneth Tookes and Ronie Wilson were wrongfully accused, every kid lets off steam by discharging an AK-47 into the air. I love the fact I compare Montez Robinson destroying someone’s property to physically assaulting a girl. It’s splitting hairs to me.