April 8, 2008

Moore gets new offer, plans visit

Louisville, Miss., quarterback Clayton Moore will be in Oxford Wednesday with his teammate, four-star athlete Dennis Thames for an unofficial visit on the Ole Miss campus.

"They want me to sit in with (Ole Miss quarterback Jevan) Snead and the other quarterbacks and go through their film work," Moore said. "I'm looking forward to it. I get to get out of school, too. That's always a positive."

Moore, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, has a dozen offers so far, including ones he received Tuesday from Virginia Tech. Moore also has offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Kansas, Tulsa, Bowling Green and Western Michigan, among others.

Moore does not have an offer from any Southeastern Conference program yet, but he's not concerned about that yet.

"I don't know if it's necessarily a surprise," Moore said. "It's a little disappointing, but hopefully I'll get some SEC offers. It's still early."

Moore grew up cheering for Mississippi State, but he said Tuesday that he's hoping to impress new Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt enough to garner an offer from the Rebels soon. That offer, Moore said, won't come until at least June 2, when Moore heads back up to Oxford for one of the Rebels' summer camps.

"They want to look at me and compare me to another couple of quarterbacks they have coming in," Moore said. "I'm fine with it. I'm looking forward to the competition I'll face."

If Moore impresses and gets an offer, Ole Miss would immediately be in "the top five," Moore said. "They'd immediately be a contender, if not No. 1. Coach Nutt is a great guy. Everything I have heard about him is positive. I've met with him once already. I don't have anything negative to say about him."

Moore, who passed for 3,046 yards and 30 touchdowns last season while rushing for another 844 yards and 10 touchdowns, is widely considered to a package deal along with Thames. The 5-11, 175-pound athlete got an offer from Ole Miss Tuesday, Moore said.

"Coach Nutt and Coach (Derrick) Nix called him and they wanted him to commit," Moore said. "He's not sure what he's going to do yet."

Moore said that while he and Thames hope to attend college at the same school, it's not a sure thing.

"It's one of those things where we're great friends," Moore said. "We're kind of like brothers. We're real close. We talk about staying together a lot and it's something we want to do."

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