A Q&A with Philander Moore

Philander Moore

Ole Miss has targeted a bevy of junior college players for its 2011 signing class, including Blinn CC standout Philander Moore. We caught up with Moore, a December graduate, who is drawing closer to a decision.

Q: How would you classify your interest level in Ole Miss?

A: "I've been watching Ole Miss since I was in high school. I really pay attention to the (Southeastern Conference). It's arguably the best conference. With Ole Miss, they've had some great players. And one player that stands out more than anybody is Dexter McCluster. He was my size. He was a running back, receiver and kick returner. What makes Ole Miss so appealing is seeing how he was successful in that offense, but he was my size. He was one of the little guys out there playing like he's 6-5. That's why I'm really interested in Ole Miss. They want me to come in and basically do everything he did. That's of high interest to me."

Q: What sticks out about Texas Tech, another school you've shown interest in?

A: "I'm a Texas boy, so Texas Tech, they talked to me. I think it would be great to play somewhere inside of Texas. A whole bunch of family members could come see me. But being me, I've always wanted to be out of state when I played – to go out of state and experience another place. "

Q: Do you have a favorite school yet? And if so, what school?

A: "I do have a favorite, I guess you could say. But I understand it's only because I've visited there. You can't really have a favorite until you've visited everywhere. Of course one's going to outweigh the other, because you've visited there first. Utah's a great place, a beautiful city and the coaches are great. I can't say enough good things about that place. I look forward to visiting Ole Miss (January 15) and seeing the same things with (Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt."

Q: You've already graduated from Blinn. But how ready do you feel you are for the Division-I level?

A: "I sat down and talked with my coaches. (Blinn head) Coach (Brad) Fran(chione), he's been a father away from home. I sat down and talked to him, and he thought I made my mark on junior college. He thought it was time for me, if I was ready to go to the next level. I sat down with my family and they thought it was time for me to go. I'm going to try and enroll in the spring and earn a starting spot."

Q: As an NJCAA All-American, you set a few records in your final year at Blinn, including a school record six kickoffs returned for touchdowns. You were also named to the All-Conference first team. Have you given any thought to the significance of what you accomplished in your final season?

A: "It's been a very successful and blessed year."

Q: How would you describe yourself off the field?

A: "I lead by example. Coming into junior college, it was a different world. You scrap; it's a dogfight every day. (Current Auburn quarterback and former Blinn standout) Cam Newton went to our school. When he was there, he was one of my close friends. He taught me the things to do on and off the field. He was helping me to do things the right way. The main thing you do to do that is leading by example. That's another home thing, too. My parents taught me that – just do right and everything comes to you."

Q: Did Newton's success in his first and possibly only season in the SEC heighten your interest in Ole Miss, being that Ole Miss is in the same division as Auburn?

A: "Cam, he's on a different level. He's on a completely different level. He won't take anything less than perfection. That's one of the things I've learned from him, that you don't take anything less than success. Getting a chance to play in the SEC, that's perfect. It doesn't get much higher than that, other than the NFL. That would be a true blessing and honor to play in the SEC if I'm able to do it."

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