Staying in the Family

There is no doubt Ole Miss has been focused on 2013 prospect Kailo Moore for years now. The Rebels offered the Rosedale, Miss., product as a ninth grader. Their efforts have paid off, as one of the country's most highly-recruited rising juniors committed to Ole Miss Monday.

"Kailo did commit to Ole Miss this morning," Moore's mother said. "It is just home over there at Ole Miss for our family with his granddaddy and uncle playing ball over there."

There were other factors that made Ole Miss stick out over the competition.

"I love the school and Kailo does, too. We just love that staff. They are so down to earth, and I know I can trust my kid with them. We both agreed that Ole Miss was the best fit for him. Our family has kind of known all along that he was going to end up at Ole Miss, so we just decided to go ahead and end the recruiting process so he can just concentrate on sports and his books."

Kailo, who visited Ole Miss Saturday, echoed his mother's sentiments.

"They said a lot of good things, but when (Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt told me he wanted to take me to New York with him like he did Darren McFadden to win the Heisman, that really caught my attention. He said he was ready to get back to Atlanta, and I'm the type of back that could get him there. I hate losing too, and I can tell that Coach Nutt is really ready to turn that program back around. I am just wanting to be a part of history and help get Ole Miss to Atlanta for the first time. It is home away from home for me."

Moore is not only a big time football player for West Bolivar, but he is also the state's top track performer. His personal best is 10.32 in the 100 meter and 21.12 in the 200 meter events. Moore has won a state championship in the 100-meter race in back-to-back-to-back years in Class 2A, and the 200-meter race three out of the past four track seasons.

Moore was given the most prestigious award in high school track and field as a sophomore when he was named the country's fastest 16-17 year old for his on-the-track accomplishments.

That speed showed at Ole Miss' senior camp, when Moore checked in at 6-foot, 185 pounds, and ran a 4.36 on the laser and a 4.28 on a second run by stop watch.

Moore rushed for 2,298 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore and has been offered by Ole Miss, MSU, USM, and Oregon. Alabama has also been showing strong interest.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at

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