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Thursday, January 3, 2013
ESPN 300 RB Kailo Moore ends silence

By Dave Hooker

Kailo Moore just had to shut it down.

The ESPN 300 prospect from Rosedale (Miss.) West Bolivar shut down his cell phone last week after decommitting from Mississippi State. Why? The pressure had become too much.

"I just turned my phone back on," the running back said this week. "I had it off since I decommitted. It got a little hectic. Everyone was being crazy and calling my phone, blowing my Twitter account up, coming by my home and asking me questions at the store."

Some were family members. Those who follow Mississippi State didn't like the decision. Moore knew they would be angry. He also knew he had to make his college decision for himself.

"I feel like I'm the one that's going to be at the college for four years getting hit on," the 5-foot-10, 190-pound prospect said. "They're going to just be sitting back watching on television."

Moore is still considering Mississippi State, along with Ole Miss. He'll visit Oxford on Jan. 25 and Starkville on Jan. 18. The Bulldogs have some work to do, especially after Moore's primary recruiter, Melvin Smith, left Mississippi State to join Auburn's coaching staff. Evidently, that's not the only thing that bothered Moore about his recruitment by the Tigers.

"There were just a lot of things going on that I didn't like," Moore said. "I didn't feel the love that I felt before I committed. I still like the school and I'm going to give them a chance before signing day."

Vanderbilt and Alabama are among the two who recently have called. Moore believes he would have more offers had he not committed early.

He doesn't have much time to make his decision, and he said he'd like to do so in three weeks. That won't give him many opportunities to meet other out-of-state coaches who are interested in him.

"Not really," he said when asked whether he knows much about other schools. "I just haven't went out of state to visit to get know the staffs."

Moore is rated the No. 4 prospect in Mississippi and the No. 230 prospect in the nation. He's rated the No. 21 running back in the county. He ran for 1,378 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.