The high school football career of freshman athlete Donnovan Moorer is moving fast, about as fast as the talented Georgia wide receiver-defensive back aims to play on the field.
In his first season at Hebron Christian Academy, Moorer is already drawing acclaim on account of his speed, ball skills and elusiveness in the open field despite his stature at 5-foot-6 and 135-pounds, and several schools have been impressed with his early offerings to extend a scholarship offer in his direction.
“So far, I have been pretty good,” Moorer told Today’s U. “We have played some tough defenses, but I’ve made my way, created some good plays with the quarterback I have, Troy Allen– he’s pretty good for me– but there’s always room for improvement. I’m pretty sure I can do better.”
— Donnovan Moorer (@dmoney_drizzle) September 18, 2016
Moorer’s early season performance, though, was enough for the Illinois coaching staff to step up with an offer, his first from the Power Five, to the Georgia recruit earlier in the week.
“It was pretty surprising, actually,” Moorer said. “Coach called me, we talked for a couple minutes and it just popped up. He popped the statement on me, and it was an honor. I am very blessed to have that.”
Over the summer, Moorer attended a Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Atlanta. At this camp, Moorer impressed the Fighting Illini coaching staff, and the two parties have stayed in communication since this time, but Illinois was not the only program to take note of the dynamic freshman.
“That day I picked up an offer from Jacksonville State,” Moorer said. “I got some numbers from coaches from Minnesota. I talked to a coach from Alabama and Iowa State and got the number from Iowa State. I talked to a lot of coaches there. It was a pretty good experience.”
Although Moorer is located down south in Georgia, the Peachtree Ridge athlete is quite familiar with the Illinois program and spoke about his take on the Big Ten school.
“I’ve been watching football since I was six years old,” Moorer said. “I know a lot about the teams and programs, and Illinois is a pretty great one. It’s had a lot of success over the years. That is definitely a school I will be looking to in the next years.”
This past weekend, Moorer took his first visit to a college campus for a football game, this one being located at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets invited Moorer and a host of teammates to watch the school’s 38-7 victory over Vanderbilt, a trip that he recalled fondly.
“It was pretty nice,” Moorer said. “That was my first visit. The facilities were nice, the weight room and stuff. They treated me well.”
In addition to his trip to Georgia Tech’s campus, Moorer looks to check out the first school to offer him, Jacksonville State, in the coming weeks.
“I plan on going to a Jacksonville State game sometime soon,” Moorer said. “I was going to go last week, but it was short term. The next home game I will probably get up there.”
Click here for a look at Moorer’s early varsity highlights.