In Search of Respect

In Search of Respect

Calvin Moore helped Bassfield, Miss., to a state championship last season. This spring, he's take his game to another level during the combine stretch, posting sub-4.5 numbers 40-yard dash numbers at each stop. Still, only recently did he pick up his first scholarship.


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"I think it's the fact that I just played in the second quarters last year because of my knee injury," Moore said about the lack of scholarships. "When I did come in I did pretty good though. I just think there isn't much film out on me because I didn't get that many snaps so they want to see some more."

Moore broke his fibula bone during baseball last spring which limited his touches last fall, but when he did step out on the field, he made his presence felt.

"I threw for like 586 yards and had a couple hundred rushing yards. I thought I played pretty good coming off that injury. I only played in the second quarter because coach didn't want me to risk me getting hurt again, but I'm 100% now. I feel great. I'm looking to go out with a bang"

Moore played quarterback last season but projects at safety in college.

"Some schools are going to let me choose. USM said I could play quarterback or safety. It doesn't matter to me, I just want to be out on the field. I kind of see myself playing safety because that's what most of the college recruiters see me, but I also could see myself at quarterback if they'd let me."

The 6' 1", 175-pound Moore is no stranger to the safety position.

"I've been playing safety since 9th grade too. I haven't played it full time but I go in there all the time. I think I have a lot of speed and good ball skills. My weakness is tackling because I don't tackle that much, but I'm working on it. My strength is definitely my speed and ball skills."

Moore ran a 4.45 40 by laser at the Nike Combine in Memphis and turned in a 38" vertical in New Orleans. He plans on showcasing those skills in front of college scouts this summer.

"I know for sure I'm going to Ole Miss on June 7th. Coach (Grant) Heard said they weren't going to have that many people in on the 7th so we would get a real good look. I'm probably going to MSU the week after that. I'll probably go over to Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Lafayette too."

The Rebels dropped by his school recently.

"They came by our school and they liked my size. They know I can run. They just want to get me up there. I know they like us on defense. Coach Heard called me and Alvin Moore and said they liked us on defense. He asked me if I want to play defensive back or quarterback. I told him that it doesn't matter to me, I just want to play. He told Alvin (brother) that they liked him at the hybrid linebacker position. They like him at that a lot. If he gains some weight they will move him to outside linebacker. Alvin runs in the 4.3s (40). I run in the 4.4s. They just like us because we can run so well for people our size."

What all does Moore know about the Rebels to this point?

"I know they just had one of the best recruiting classes in the country and they got the guy from South Panola (Antonio Conner). They're stocking up on a lot of talent. I know when I go up there for their camp I'm looking to get a scholarship from them. I want to show them that I belong."

What is MSU saying right now?

"They came down and watched one of our practices. Coach (Tony) Hughes said he loves me at safety. They are limited on scholarships right now. He said they were still evaluating us, and they have not made up their minds yet. We want to go up there and and stand out too. We just feel like we are being overlooked by everyone."

Is it a package deal for Alvin and Calvin Moore to go to the same school?

"I'd really love to play against him like in a big Ole Miss versus MSU game. If he can go to one school, and I can go to the other, that's what we're going to do. But it really doesn't matter. I just want to play against him. We've always played on the same team. I want to compete against him and he wants to compete against me too."

His one offer comes from Southern Miss.

"It's real close to home, and I've gotten to know their coaches really well. I know the campus and area really good too. It's a great school. They just don't play the competition like the SEC, but if that is where I need to be, I'll be more than happy. I don't have any complaints about Southern Miss."

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

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