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November 4, 2009

Rahsaan Moore discusses Terps commitment

Almost 10 months ago, Wise defensive end and fullback Rahsaan Moore watched as his teammate, safety Titus Till, committed to Maryland.

This week it was Moore’s turn to do the same. He pledged to the Terps on Monday.

“It feels good. It feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Moore said of his commitment. “I always wanted to go to a DI school and fortunately Maryland has been the school I’ve been wanting to go to since I’ve been in high school.”

Moore, 6 feet 2, 235 pounds, admitted he wasn’t sure if a Maryland offer would come through. A host of powerhouse FCS schools offered, including James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary. But New Mexico was Moore’s only FBS offer -- until the Terps followed suit this fall.

“I was definitely nervous because being my size and being a tweener type, it’s hard to figure out where to put me,” Moore said. “So I just had to make sure I went out this year and proved that I’m able to play D-IA football.”

Moore thinks a position switch may have ultimately convinced the Maryland staff that he was worth offering. Moore has played defensive end throughout his time at Wise, but he made the switch from tight end to fullback before this season.

“I think [the Maryland staff] watching my tape at fullback showed that I’m able to play at Maryland,” Moore said. “The past couple of years I’ve been playing tight end, and being 6’2, that’s not the typical height of a tight end. They were looking for somewhere they could put me and fullback just happened to show up.”

It’s not a guarantee that Moore will play fullback at Maryland -- defensive end is still a possibility -- but the coaches have told him he’ll come to school as “a big athlete.”

Moore said he’s aware that because he slipped under the radar of most programs, some might doubt his ability. The relative lack of Division I offers just serves as motivation.

“It definitely makes me hungry because it shows that I have to go out there and prove people wrong,” Moore said. “Size doesn’t really matter -- it’s just how you go out there and play. I think I definitely have a chip on my shoulder to prove some people wrong and let them know that I can dominate the game just as well as anybody else can.”

Click here for Wise coach DaLawn Parrish’s take on Moore’s commitment.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 3:48 PM | | Comments (3)
        

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Whatever this guy is a stud in PG County 4A. I'm going to laugh when he goes out and knocks the head off of some Johnny Fivestar. I'm glad to hear his comments you can tell he is hungry and is coming to play hard next year. The more PG County 4A, DeMatha and Good Counsel players on that team the better.

Matt- The rumor now is Gregory is done forever at MD for having some take tests for him.
This is a school decision and not NCAA. I'td be nice if all coaches were like Gary and not Calipari.
What have you heard about it or Tsafack?

It is good to see the local kids committ to Maryland. Andre Monroe and Rashaan Moore were friends in middle school. and Titus Till and Andre Monroe play on the same boys & girls club football team during their middle school years. And of course, Titus and Rashaan are now high school teammates. Small world.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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