The recruitment of Kailo Moore has taken a few twists and turns along the way. According to Moore,…
Moore talks Egg Bowl
"I wanted to look at who was hungrier," Moore said. "I know both have a great team so I wanted to see who wanted it more. I wanted to see who had the most heart and who would lay down when the chips were down." Did the outcome of the Egg Bowl surprise Scout.com's No. 16 rated tailback? "Yes, it surprised me, honestly. I thought it would be close the whole game. I see a team on the rise in Ole Miss. They're going to be awesome the next few years. (Ole Miss head) Coach (Hugh) Freeze said they were short on scholarships. They only had like 60 scholarship players in the game, and I know they're going to get back to 85 after this class that comes in. I just see a team playing that good with low numbers. They're on the rise. I can't lie about that. I have to keep them on my mind." Moore has been keeping up with some of the potential players that are coming to Ole Miss and that has also caught his eye. "I can't help but to look at their class they're putting together and not get excited. Robert Nkemdiche is supposed to be committing to them in a couple of weeks. When he does that all of the rest of the good players will want to go play with him. I know how Tony Conner feels. I don't want to play against those guys. I might want to try and win a national championship with them, but I'm still committed to MSU. There's a lot of time until February though." Which offense seems to fit Moore's skills the best? "I haven't thought about that. Ole Miss puts their running backs in space. I'm more of a north-south runner. MSU uses a lot of I formations. They were using a lot of different I formations in that game and got them going north and south. I liked that, but I think I would be a perfect fit in either offense. Getting me out in open space would let me have a chance to make some big plays." What impressed Moore the most about Ole Miss in the game? "The heart of their players is what sticks out to me. I've been watching them play on television and caught a game of theirs earlier this season. I just like how much passion they play with. They play so hard and their fans stand behind their team. Their fans were going crazy. That just boost you up when you're playing. Everyone just has a lot of heart over there." What stood out about MSU the most in the game? "Some of their fans were into it too. The section I was sitting in there were a lot of MSU fans in there too and everybody was talking a lot of noise. There were almost a few fights over there. The MSU fans are really into their team too." What did the Ole Miss coaches say to Moore when they got a chance to talk? "They were just excited about me being back on campus. (Ole Miss running backs) Coach (Derrick) Nix is actually on his way to my house right now. (This interview was done Sunday.) Me and coach Freeze didn't get too much time to talk before the game because I was running late. But what really impressed me was that he went out of his way to come see me when I got there. He was getting dressed in the coach's locker room and when he heard that I was in the hallway he came out in his underwear to meet me. I was like, wow, never heard of a coach running out in his underwear to talk to a player. He just told me that he was happy I made it." Moore was committed to Ole Miss but switched pledges to MSU after dismissal of Houston Nutt. Did this game change how he views either team? "I can't say the game made me think about Ole Miss more because I was already thinking about Ole Miss a lot before the game. But seeing them against MSU didn't change my mind (about my commitment to MSU). It surprised me but it didn't change my mind. Like I said earlier, I'm still committed to MSU. But then again, there's a lot of time until February." Moore's high school career came to an end recently but he feels like he finished the season on a high note. Last year he didn't because of a weight-room accident. That injury limited his effectiveness in the state championship game. "It was very disappointing to not win it all back-to-back. I started off my season really slow but picked it up down the stretch in the playoffs. I rushed for over 800 yards in the four playoff games. We lost to Bruce on a two-point conversion and it just crushed me. I thought I got in and they said I didn't. That game's going to eat me up the rest of my life, but I finished strong. I'm glad that I got a chance to finish strong after getting hurt last season and not doing much in the state championship game. That didn't sit well with me in the off-season." Moore, a MS-AL All-Star selection, finished his season with 116 carries for 1,218 yards and 16 TDs. var VideoMediaID = "1121124" var VideoStillImageID = "1104896" var MediaDir = "http://video.scout.com/media/"; var VideoURL = MediaDir + "video/flv/" + parseInt( VideoMediaID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoMediaID + ".flv"; var ImageURL = MediaDir + "image/" + parseInt( VideoStillImageID / 10000 ) + "/" + VideoStillImageID + ".jpg"; var so = new SWFObject ('http://cdn-cms.scout.com/swf/flvplayer.swf','mpl','425','340','8'); so.addParam ('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam ('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable ('height','340'); so.addVariable ('width','425'); so.addVariable ('file',VideoURL); so.addVariable ('image',ImageURL); so.addVariable ('backcolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('frontcolor','0xFFFFFF'); so.addVariable ('lightcolor','0x00FF00'); so.addVariable ('screencolor','0x000000'); so.addVariable ('logo','http://media.scout.com/media/a/_network/mediaplayer/scoutTVlogo.png'); so.addVariable ('showstop','true'); so.write ('player'); Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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