The Next Step

Collins Moore

Collins Moore is all but done with high school. This week is his last at Bob Jones, his graduation ceremony set for Tuesday.

But Moore, who signed with Ole Miss in February, isn't sad about it. Actually, he is ready to move on to the next chapter in his life. His grades are in order. He'll head to Oxford to begin his collegiate career later this month.

"We got, what, five or six really big home games. I think it's going to be a new era at Ole Miss with this class coming in, the quarterbacks that came in. It's going to be something exciting to see," Moore said.

Amidst the excitement, though, is an immediate future no so cut and dry. Moore signed with the understanding that he would greyshirt in the fall, meaning he wouldn't go on scholarship until next January. He can work out at the team's facilities but is not allowed to practice with the team, travel or dress.

Of course, the possibility remains that he could be put on scholarship as early as this season. But, again, the situation is fluid. For now, he heads to Ole Miss as a greyshirt, until he is told otherwise.


Collins Moore
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"As far as I know right now, I'm still on greyshirt," Moore said. "I'm sure there always the possibility (I could be put on scholarship)."

For the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Moore, how the scholarship situation ultimately plays out is a discussion for another day. He's excited, ready to get going.

Moore, rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, was in attendance for Ole Miss' annual Grove Bowl game in mid-April, the final of 15 allotted spring practices.

"We got a bright future ahead of us," he said. "We're gonna have a good receiving corps, and I think it's going to be a tough decision to pick which quarterback is going end up playing. They all definitely brought something to the table."

Barry Brunnetti impressed Moore the most of all the quarterbacks. "Barry stuck out to me," he said, though he was quick to also mention junior Randall Mackey.

As to his position group, the wide receivers, Moore saw promise. He's further encouraged by the players coming in, a star-studded collection featuring Moore, Nickolas Brassell, Tobias Singleton, Donte Moncrief and T.J. Worthy.

"I think it can definitely be a position of strength, because I think each player brings something different to the table," Moore said. "Where some have strengths, others have weaknesses. But it's hard to say right now, because we haven't been able to mix the new with the old. I think we can all mix really well."

Moore ran track for Bob Jones this spring. He placed in the top three at the state-wide track meet in two events: the 110 hurdle and 4x4 100-meter relay.

Now his only focus is football. Scout ranked Moore as the No. 54 wide receiver in the nation. He finished his senior season with 46 catches, 808 yards and 10 touchdowns. Moore caught 50 passes for 1,057 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior.

"It's exciting," he said. "This is my last week of school, and I graduate next Tuesday. I'm excited to finish up school and move on to the next chapter in my life."





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