ORLANDO – Ole Miss had a surprisingly good early signing period, reeling in 16 players, including four-star talents in quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore.
Moore, an Under Armour All-American, was perhaps the biggest surprise; he decommitted from Georgia and signed with Ole Miss on December 20.
“When I went up there in the fall, everything went well,” Moore told GN as he prepped for the Under Armour All-American Game. “I came when Coach (Hugh) Freeze just got fired. I asked them what happened, and they just told me you have to take the bad with the good and just play football.
“I went up there and I liked it, but the sanctions thing was the only thing that was throwing me off.”
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Moore (5 feet 11, 181 pounds) starred at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St Thomas Aquinas, one of the best programs in the nation. He is among the top-40 wide receivers in the country as well as a top-200 prospect overall.
Moore said he had two finalists.
“I went to Georgia right after Ole Miss, and it went well there, too, Moore said. “At both places I felt like I couldn’t go wrong. Both places felt like home.”
What put Ole Miss over the top? That would seem to be Corral.
“I mean, as soon as I knew he was going there, a light bulb went off in my head,” Moore said. “Every receiver’s best friend should be the quarterback.
“The game can’t go on without the line and the quarterback, so knowing that he was going there played a big factor in my process of going to Ole Miss.”
Moore also likes Rebels coach Matt Luke.
“He’s a funny, cool dude; he’s very humorous,” Moore said. “He’s a family guy that is very team-oriented and I probably couldn’t ask for a better coach right now.
“I can’t wait to be coached by him.”
Moore says he is ready to get to work.
“I’m happy (my recruitment is) over; it’s a big weight off my shoulders,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to Oxford and be a Rebel.”
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