Friday, January 11, 2013
ESPN 300 RB Moore makes pledge
By Dave Hooker
Running back Kailo Moore has made a decision on where he will attend college.
The ESPN 300 member from Rosedale (Miss.) West Bolivar committed to Ole Miss on Friday just a little more than two weeks after decommitting from Mississippi State. He was also considering Alabama and Vanderbilt.
The decision isn't shocking. Both Bama and Vandy only recently started to show strong interest, likely because Moore had been a long-time Bulldog commitment. Ole Miss was there all along, even while Moore was committed.
"So many reasons," Moore said when asked why he picked the Rebels. "It's just like a family school. [Running backs] Coach [Derrick] Nix and I built a good relationship. I followed my heart, prayed about it and made the right decision."
With six commitments from the ESPN 300, including six in the ESPN 150, Ole Miss' class ranks No. 22 in the nation. It figures to get much better.
The Rebels are strongly in the hunt -- if not the lead -- for the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, the nation's No. 1 receiver, Laquon Treadwell from Crete (Ill.) Monee, and Antonio Conner from Batesville (Miss.) South Panola. Conner is rated the No. 24 prospect in the nation, the top prospect in Mississippi and the No. 2 safety in the country.
Conner is considering Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Moore's commitment could affect Conner's pending decision.
"That's my home boy," Moore said of Conner. "We've always said we'll play at the same college."
Moore will take an official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 25. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Mississippi State on Jan. 18. Moore has cancelled that visit.
"I feel like I'm just going to roll with Ole Miss, be happy with that and get ready for college," he said.
The battle to land Mississippi prospects is fierce in the Magnolia state. Ole Miss and Mississippi State often target the same prospects. Moore knows he'll catch some grief from Bulldog fans following his decision.
"Yeah, I do," he said. "I've just got to do what I've got to do and follow my heart."
Moore is rated the No. 229 prospect in the country. He is the No. 4 prospect in Mississippi.