As he headed into spring practices, Alpine (Tex.) quarterback Evan Moore was focused on improving his ability as a pocket-passer.
"That's the main thing we worked on this spring, a lot of workouts moving in the pocket, because we'll be throwing the ball more. I feel like I have a better feel for the pocket, staying in the pocket and being more comfortable with my linemen around me. We only lost one guy on the line, so I'm really excited about that," he said.
Though living in far West Texas hasn't made recruiting easy for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete, Moore plans to hit the camp circuit this summer.
"I'm going to Texas Tech camp June 17-19. Tech is a school that I've been really interested in; I know a lot of schools are waiting on the next season and I'm hoping Tech is one of them, because it's a school I really want to play for," he said.
Interestingly enough, it's the tie that former Red Raider quarterback Seth Doege has to his area that initially caught Moore's attention.
"I like Seth Doege a lot; he came from our area and played in our district for a while. He's been someone that I've looked up to just because he came from a small school and a small town. I'm sure that was hard for him, and I want to follow those footsteps. I feel like I kind of play of him.
"That's what really drew me to Tech," Moore continued. "They do pick up so many people from out here. I have a pretty good arm and I feel like I could play in their program."
There is another in-state school that Moore plans to camp at, as well.
"I'm going to make it to Texas State camp. I've talked to [receivers coach] Jason Johnson; he used to coach at Sul Ross State, which is here in Alpine. I'm definitely going to their camp; it's definitely one of my top picks right now," he said.
The signal-caller is also receiving some out of state interest, as he is hearing from Marist College.
"Coaches from Marist contacted me about our spring schedule and was going to try to make it down, but I talked to [defensive line coach] Tunde Agboke yesterday, and I am going to try to get to their camp in New York. They can't give any offers out until they see me throw," he said.
For now, Moore looks forward to the camps, as well as competing in the state 7on7 tournament in July, for which Alpine has already qualified.
"We have a lot of guys who are going to step up; we are going to start throwing the ball more this season. It's definitely going to be a good season," he said.
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