College of the Desert (Calif.) safety Matthew Moro headed West after his playing days at Miami (Fla.) Southridge.
A 2008 graduate, Moro took classes last year, but didn’t go fulltime or play football. So he spent the 2009 season starting at safety for COD as a freshman.
Moro will spend one more season at Desert, before graduating in December. His hope is to head back to the Southeast and continue his college career at the D-I level.
“I want to go back and play in either the SEC or the ACC,” said Moro. “Now, if a Pac-10 school were to offer, I’d definitely look at that opportunity, but to tell you the truth, I’d like to go back down South.”
A 6-0, 182-pound safety, Moro said he’s hoping to play free safety at the next level.
A Hurricane fan since his childhood, Moro is well aware of Miami’s long tradition of safeties.
“I grew up watching Sean Taylor, Ed Reed and Brandon Merriweather,” said Moro. “Those were the guys I watched.”
A non-qualifier out of high school, and a small 156-pounds, Moro has gotten his academics in order and has added 25 pounds since graduation.
“I’ll have my AA in December (of 2010), so I can sign then. And I’m getting bigger, I should be up to like 195 or 200 when I sign,” said Moro.
Currently, Moro is interested in a host of schools, mostly from the Southeast, but a few that are more West.
“I like of course Miami, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, USC, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Oklahoma,” said Moro.
As a 2009 freshman, Moro had 24 tackles, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.