Waterloo West QB Devon Moore gaining scholarship offers
IOWA CITY, Iowa – June was a productive and memorable month for Devon Moore as a football recruit.
The southpaw quarterback, who is entering his junior at Waterloo West High School, received his first three scholarship offers in June.
Toledo was the first school to offer Moore a scholarship on June 9 followed by Iowa State and Illinois State.
Moore then capped a busy month on the recruiting trail by attending a one-day camp at Iowa this past weekend. He didn’t receive a scholarship offer during his visit, but the Iowa coaches made a strong impression.
“The coaches showed some interest,” Moore said Wednesday. “It’s a recruiting process. They have to get to know me more. I can’t expect just an offer right away.
“They do some great things. And they have some other kids they have to look at. So I was definitely not disappointed. They have some great coaches and they know what they’re doing.”
Moore spoke highly of the Iowa camp, saying it was beneficial to him.
“It was a real well-run camp, Moore said. “We had a lot of good drills. We learned a lot from the coaches. So it was a good time.”
Iowa’s new football facilities also helped to enhance Moore’s visit.
“Iowa has great facilities,” Moore said. “I didn’t really see them that much. I just walked around them a little bit, a quick tour. I’m hoping to get some more tours here coming up, so I can really look at them.
“But I really like what they do there. They have some new stuff up there and it’s really nice. I like their facilities and their coaches are great. They have great coaches.”
With two years left in high school, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Moore is in no hurry to make a decision about college. Illinois is his favorite school, mostly because of family connections to the state. But even if the Illini offered Moore a scholarship, he wouldn’t commit at this time.
“I just want to let the recruiting process take its time," Moore said. "I don’t really have a timetable as far as getting some visits going and seeing what schools I like and trying to narrow it down.”
Moore was born in Illinois and moved to Iowa when he was 2 years old. He is the son of Waterloo West football coach Lonnie Moore, who is originally from Chicago and a 1998 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque.
Moore is one two quarterbacks from instate in the 2017 class who has a scholarship offer from Iowa State. The other is West Des Moines Valley’s Rocky Lombardi, who also was offered by the Cyclones in June.
Moore is happy for Lombardi’s success and considers him a friend, along with Iowa City High quarterback Nate Wieland, who is also in the 2017 class and is being recruited for football.
“It’s just great to have that relationship with those guys,” Moore said. “You can compete with them and see what they’re doing. And also, workout with them and see the workouts they do and learn some new tips from them.”
Moore describes himself as a pro-style quarterback who is also a threat to run. He threw eight touchdown passes as a sophomore last season, while also rushing for 441 yards and 11 scores, earning all-conference recognition.
“If I need to get out and run, I can get out and run,” said Moore, who also plays basketball for Waterloo West and is considering playing baseball next season. “I’d say I’m more of an in-the-pocket kind of guy. But if you need me to go outside the pocket, that’s something I’m capable of doing.”
Moore just finished a busy month in June in which he attended camps at Northern Illinois, Toledo, Virginia, Iowa State and Iowa.
The scholarship offer from Toledo always will be special to Moore because it was his first offer.
“I was just ecstatic with energy,” Moore said. “I was like, `wow, I can’t believe they just offered me a scholarship.’ It was just a great feeling; all the hard work and the dream I had of playing college football since I was young kid, finally I got to see that dream come true. And hopefully, see some other ones comes in.”
Iowa State’s offer also standouts because it was his first from a power five school.
“I was very excited,” Moore said of his Iowa State offer. “I love everything they do up there. They have great coaches. They have a great offense. And they have great facilities. It was just a great feeling to know that a hometown school had faith in me to offer me a scholarship.”
All three of Moore’s scholarship offers have one thing in common.
“I didn’t expect any of them,” Moore said.