FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s Jarique Moore felt he was one of the best wide receivers at the Blue-Grey football Mid-Atlantic super regional combine in June, held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, and the selection committee in naming the organization’s All-Americans felt the same way.
The senior for the Golden Tornadoes was named Blue-Grey All-American and will play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — in Arlington, Tex., this January.
Moore picked up the honor after being named offensive MVP at the Mid-Atlantic super regional combine. While there, he finished with some of the best measurables among wide receivers at the combine with a 40-yard time of 4.39 seconds and eight reps on the bench press.
“This means a lot because I have worked hard to get here and get the recognition to play in such a big spot,” Moore said. “Once I got the confirmation, I knew that I gave all that I could and that it was my time.”
“Jarique put in a lot of work and people knew about him, but people didn’t know a lot about him,” Fairmont coach Mark Heil said. “He has really sold himself well.”
The selection committee that selected players for the game based on performance at the combines is comprised of 27 former NFL players, including four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Randall Cunningham.
“It means a lot that they see the potential in me,” Moore said of being selected by the NFL-laden committee.
In 2015, Moore posted some of the best receiving numbers in the state with 1,621 yards and 17 touchdowns to help him earn all-conference and all-county recognition. He has picked up where he left off from last season with 265 yards and three touchdowns in opener against Westover this past Friday. The 265 receiving yards is fourth best in the country, according to MaxPreps.
“When he came up to me and told me about it he said, ‘Coach, thank you for helping me and believing in me since day one,’” Fairmont offensive coordinator Lonnie Cox said. “I’m blessed to have him playing for me and glad I can put him in the position to do great things that I knew he was capable of doing all along.”
With scholarship offers already on the table from Old Dominion University, Charleston Southern and UNC Charlotte, Heil hopes that this will be a springboard for more schools to offer him scholarships.
“Most of the guys that were selected are D1 talent so I’m hoping word on him may start to spread,” Heil said. “It’s good to see from a kid that in the last 15 months has shown so much growth.”
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