UGA may be close to offering state’s “hottest prospect”

This guy is hot, hot hot (Photo courtesy of 247sports)

This guy is hot, hot hot (Photo courtesy of 247sports)

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.

Track-turned-football star Jordan Moore (AJC)

Track-turned-football star Jordan Moore (AJC)

“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.

Here’s the video that the college scouts are going bananas over. Click here.

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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It's Just Me

January 12th, 2012
4:00 am

Thanks for putting the link up to Jordan’s highlight video, Michael. (sarcasm font)

7576DAWG

January 12th, 2012
4:29 am

He need’s to arrange a visit as soon as possible to see if Athens is a place he would be happy with. Georgia is not for everybody. It is a very modern school because 75% of the student’s are from Atlanta. Grantham probably need’s to get involved so Georgia can caught up with the team’s that have been actively recruiting Moore the entire year.

7576DAWG

January 12th, 2012
4:31 am

Should be catch up .

RMikel58

January 12th, 2012
5:31 am

Perfect fit for Jordan Moore to sign with Georgia. Georgia has a good track team and he’d be doing track as did Herschel Walker did.
With Rambo leaving after next season then it would be a great time for Jordan to gain some experience and be ready to jump right in.
LSU and Alabama are already filled in those Safety positions so he’d have to wait 2-3 seasons to start. This is a good fit because then he’d stay in state and be near home where his parents could coime n watch him play.
Its a no-brainer Jordan.

I Crowell.......

January 12th, 2012
5:45 am

Cum hear to Athuns, Jason………Nothing dum like clasks………Books be heavy………White chiks everwher……Doobie on…..Isaya

Mountain Dawg

January 12th, 2012
6:32 am

C’mon, Dawgs! You’ve set the bait, and he is nibbling around. Time to set the hook and reel him in! Go Dawgs!

Nom Nom Nom Chuck's Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 12th, 2012
7:18 am

If he is the “hottest”…….

MIdtown Dawg

January 12th, 2012
7:27 am

That is some very impressive film. I love how he either sheds the lead blocker or is so powerful that he tackles the lead blocker and the runner at the same time and levels them both. Amazing.

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childrojc

January 12th, 2012
7:46 am

UGA could use some size/speed at safety !

With Sanders Commings starting at corner he will no longer be the 2nd string safety on both sides, There is an immediate opening in the rotation for this kid.

News | MrSEC.com

January 12th, 2012
7:55 am

[...] Moore include Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina and Michigan State. Georgia is another school that appears close to offering Moore a scholarship.“Georgia really likes Jordan, and Coach (Rodney) Garner called about him,” ML King [...]

GADAWG92

January 12th, 2012
7:58 am

Is Williams a Jr this year too? If so, that’s 2 safety spots open after next season. Chance to push for a starting spot his 2nd year (but I’m sure the guys from last years class will have something to say about that).

Nice looking safety. Need him and his DL teammate (Whitehead) to join Tibbs in Athens.

Judge Dawg

January 12th, 2012
8:24 am

Another story to the effect that UGA is asleep at the swirch and late to offer. Since when is the 18th ranked prospect the mottest recruit. Only in the AJC.Sounds like a good player and he will do well in Athens.

ole dawg

January 12th, 2012
8:29 am

Hope this article is not indicative of the type of person Coach Browning really is. He comes off looking smug and arrogant as if he is needing his derriere kissed. Go with the humble attitude Coach and just say “we are honored that Coach Garner and all the other schools are interested in Jordan.”

Dap01

January 12th, 2012
8:29 am

Congratulations Mr. Moore. Grantham will get you ready. I love the way that he stops runners immediately. They hit a wall.

He will be great in Granthams defense. And he will play soon.

dawg fan

January 12th, 2012
8:50 am

Everytime I turn around UGA landing DBs, WRs, RBs, LBs. We need lots and lots of OL and DL. That’s where games are won and lost. UGA NEVER has depth at these positions. This will always be a problem as long as Rodney Garner is recruiting coordinator.

Vinings Dawg

January 12th, 2012
9:01 am

He will be in. Auburn this weekend. Reported he loves Auburn.

Destin Dawg

January 12th, 2012
9:13 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus Big Time sports ” in a great college twon, Athens, Ga… Go Dawgs !

JB

January 12th, 2012
9:15 am

Ted Roof to Penn St………..are you kidding me…..how does this guy keep getting big jobs when everywhere he works they want to fire him after 1 or 2 years ?

Dawg Bounty Hunter

January 12th, 2012
9:16 am

Jordan, come to UGA.. get coached up by Todd Grantham.. be part of the rejuvenated Junk Yard Dawgs !!

EG in bama

January 12th, 2012
9:22 am

all these top recruits you get each year and still no national champ game. Bwahahaha

UGA Insider

January 12th, 2012
9:26 am

Better get him. Word on the street is that Rambo and Williams are leaving.

EG in bama

January 12th, 2012
9:30 am

Coached up by Gratham? LMAO
Bama 21 Lsu 0
Lsu 45 Ga 10
Coach up. Bwahahaha

Football Fan

January 12th, 2012
9:35 am

I guess they going after him since we missed on Chaz…

Saban Never Sleeps

January 12th, 2012
9:37 am

This guy is a barn lock and will be laying out crowell soon. On another note, Bobo needs some schooling..please send him to Big Boy Offensive Coordinator school where you guys can possibly be competitive with ranked teams.

Saban Never Sleeps

January 12th, 2012
9:42 am

Someone needs to tell crowell that being relegated to a 3rd down back does not get you as many coeds on saturday night.

LBS

January 12th, 2012
10:07 am

JORDAN,,,, YOUR HARD WORK HAS PAYED OFF. Glad the opportunity you’ve been waiting for is finally opening up. We’d love to see you play at UGA. Don’t forget…. IT’S GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG!

Terence Ali

January 12th, 2012
10:19 am

Hey Destin, that Parade article is from 2010, almost 2 years old. Get some new material.

Mr. SEC

January 12th, 2012
10:21 am

Don”t “Be Close”, Just offer him if he is the “Hottest Prospect”

Augusta bred

January 12th, 2012
10:44 am

@UGA Insider….I thought both of those guys decided to stay and Charles is leaving? We have plenty of scholey’s to throw around but we do need some OL ASAP!

SouthGaBrave

January 12th, 2012
10:45 am

UGA Insider,

Not sure if you saw the reports yesterday, but Williams and Rambo are both coming back. Check Seth Emerson’s “Bulldogs Blog” on macon.com.

Ghost

January 12th, 2012
11:22 am

UGA Insider, You need to find somewhere else to be inside, because its not UGA football.

bitter air jordans for 2-fittie a pair

January 12th, 2012
11:41 am

@footballfan—-really—-murray help give 3 tds to the other team—per big game—-

—————-dont blame the defence

GT Man

January 12th, 2012
11:54 am

Can MTSU, Wofford or Memphis offer this kid, so it will catch PJ’s eyes !!!!! How can PJ let this one slip thru and our pass defense made Murray look like a Heisman winner !!!!

Whiskeydawg

January 12th, 2012
11:57 am

Hopefully he’ll be a Dawg. If you end up at PSU, don’t drop the soap.

Rick James

January 12th, 2012
12:00 pm

@dawg fan

Monday Georgia got a commement from John Jenkins who is the top prospect in the state.What position does he play? You dont know what you’re talking about.

Cdpridg

January 12th, 2012
12:07 pm

Get him Grantham…Garner!

funny how the ajc

January 12th, 2012
12:44 pm

writers allow uga digs at gt but they remove gt digs at uga.

Bob Loblaw

January 12th, 2012
1:12 pm

I like the sound of two fast converted safetys playing inside line backer in the 3-4. STUDS

RTR22

January 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

whiskeydawg classy comment about PSU. All class jawja fan, all class

tide roll

January 12th, 2012
2:01 pm

Brent Pease to Florida as Offensive Coordinator! How long can you continue to stand pat with Booboo!? Jeepers. I know the guy’s there to please the Dooleys, but the Tan Man and Ears McGarity need to stand up to Dooley.. What a novel idea. Doing what’s best for the program. Heck, Richt and McGarity might end up liking it. It could become a habit

Gorilla Biscuit

January 12th, 2012
2:06 pm

turd roll, once again you show your lack of intellect.

Destin Dawg

January 12th, 2012
2:26 pm

we do need a big time O.C. or Richt call the plays and Bo Bo for Qb.’s and recruiting… how about Houston Nutt ?? Chris Hatcher ??

turd troll

January 12th, 2012
2:31 pm

@ Rick James
John Jenkins already plays for uga so get ur facts straight. We got a commit from Jordan Jenkins who will likely move to inside LB bc of his speed and the depth already at DE
@ dawg fan
we already have 4 OL commits this year, how many do u want??
@ tide roll
go celebrate with satan (nick saban btw) bc yall will get beat by lsu again next year and have to watch them play AGAIN for the SEC championship. o and yall think satan is a good recruiter? then y dont all of his star athletes come back for a senior year? uga only has one leaving with a bunch of talent in the upcoming seniors returning. how many will stay at bama besides barrett jones?????

Bama Grad

January 12th, 2012
2:36 pm

I am ashamed that coach saban has no morals and lies to these kids and their parents. Championships are nice but I can’t get a job scrubbing toilets because Bama is such a pathetic joke education wise. Any parent that would send their child to play fot Coach Saban hates their kid and is only doind so because of the cash Coach Saban gives them.

Bama Grad

January 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

I’m happy my intimate “friend” tide roll is unable to find a job either. We love hanging in his mom’s trailer and posting on the ajc. He likes it when her dial up drops cause then we can do stuff. giggle giggle.

Tim Dawg

January 12th, 2012
2:41 pm

Ga. sleep again this is getting old !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!