UGA may be close to offering a football scholarship to the state’s “hottest prospect.” Or the Bulldogs may have already done it.
The soaring star is ML King safety Jordan Moore, who ESPN recently bumped up to the No. 18-ranked overall prospect in Georgia.
UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner has contacted ML King’s coaches about a scholarship offer and official visit, according to an assistant. However, Garner is still waiting to talk directly to Moore. That conversation may happen as early as today.
“Georgia really likes Jordan, and Coach Garner called about him,” ML King assistant Clifford Browning said.”I asked Coach Garner, ‘Are you guys going to offer?’ And he said yes, and that he wanted to bring Jordan on an official visit within the next two weeks. But I’m waiting on Georgia to talk to Jordan directly before we count it as an official offer.”
The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder has accumulated a stack of recent college offers after scouts had the opportunity to evaluate his senior film. Among them are Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina, Michigan State, East Carolina, Wake Forest and TCU. Moore is taking an official visit to Auburn on Friday.
“I just got a text from Ted Roof, who was hired as Penn State’s defensive coordinator,” ML King head coach Mike Carson said. “They want Jordan to call them as soon as possible.
“He just kind of blew up over night. When the colleges looked at his senior film, they couldn’t believe what they saw. They love his size and his speed, and they are shocked to see how physical he is.”
Moore is a track star who was originally committed to LSU in track. He is a two-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles.
UGA may have some inside position because one ML King player (WR Blake Tibbs) is already committed to the Bulldogs, while another (DE Kenderius Whitehead) has UGA among his finalists.
“Coach Garner said that they wanted to offer and try to get him on a visit these next two weeks and I told him ‘Coach, you’re going to have to recruit him,’” Browning said. “Because we sent film to Georgia awhile back. In fact, they were one of the first schools we sent film to. Jordan specifically asked for us to mail it to UGA. We heard back about Whitehead and Tibbs, but they really weren’t biting on him at the time. Jordan’s excited about Georgia’s interest and looking forward to talking with them, but he also wonders what took them so long.”
Why did it take Moore so long to get so hot? He lost touch with college scouts when he transferred from Locust Grove to ML King before his senior season. It took him a few games to feel comfortable in the defensive schemes and he also missed a few games with an injury. However, by the time the playoffs arrived, Moore looked like ML King’s most dominant defender.
You don’t have to be a recruiting expert to see what the colleges like. He’s big, he’s fast and he loves contact. Scouts are undecided on whether he will play safety or linebacker in college. But they’re not worried about that. If you’re that big, that fast, and can hit, they will find a place for you.
Check back later for updates on Moore.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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