February 8, 2012

Rivals100 back has top three, but one stands out

Kailo Moore committed to Ole Miss last year.

He reopened his recruiting after the Rebels fired Houston Nutt following the 2011 season. As expected, interest has been extremely high for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back from Rosedale (West Bolivar), Miss.

However, even as Moore earned a spot in the initial Rivals100 for the Class of 2013, Moore seems to be leaning toward renewing his initial commitment to Ole Miss.

"I just want to get to know the coaches more, get to know the players on the team, see what they expect from me in 2013," Moore said recently while taking in a junior day in Oxford. "I think I'm going to just go through the process, but if I get to know these coaches a little more like I know the coaches from the previous year, it'll be an early commitment then.

"I think the new offense will help me be more explosive. Coach (Hugh Freeze) told me it's a spread but he's still going to run the ball. He said he's going to spread everything out where I just have to beat the safety. I believe I'd be real explosive in that type of offense."

Ole Miss' chances with Moore were enhanced when Freeze elected to retain running backs coach Derrick Nix from Nutt's staff.

"Derrick Nix means a whole lot to me," Moore said. "Once he called and told me he still had the job, I got real excited. He's been recruiting me since I was an eighth-grader, so once they said he was still on the staff, I felt real happy about the situation and I said there's a possibility I still might be going there because that's a person I know and I trust and I'd like to be coached by."

Ole Miss is woefully thin at the tailback position, something Nix has made Moore aware of quite a bit over the past two years. The speedster is one of several elite-level targets Ole Miss is looking at for the Class of 2013 class.

"That's the main thing I look at it," Moore said. "I look at depth on the depth chart to see where I'd stand in the offense. If they're low on backs, I know I'd have a great chance to come in and start."

Moore said he's not concerned about other running backs the Rebels are recruiting. In fact, he and another highly-regarded running back from the Magnolia State _ Ashton Shumpert _ have talked about playing together at the collegiate level.

"I feel like we'll be a good match-up together. He can come in and beat the defense down and then I can come in with that quick, explosive speed. I believe me and him can score a lot of points together."

Moore said his focus during his senior season is simple.

"I think I just need to work on getting bigger," Moore said. "Everything else is just going to fall into place. I just have to keep doing my schoolwork, stay focused and everything else will work out."

Moore said he has offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, though he's getting attention from just about everybody in the SEC. He said Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama make up his top three, in no particular order.

Moore said he likes "the vibe" at Mississippi State, feels "at home" at Ole Miss and is intrigued by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban at Alabama.

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