Gators get RB pledge


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 11:21 p.m.
Urban Meyer has tapped into Texas talent for the second time in less than a week, gaining an oral commitment from a tailback who averaged almost 12 yards a carry during his high school career in a spread offense similar to Meyer's.
Kestahn Moore, who seemed to make big things happen whenever he touched the ball for Mansfield Summit High School, committed to the Florida Gators late Tuesday night and will sign with UF next Wednesday.
"He's an exceptional all-around back," Summit coach Tim Beck said. "He can catch, he can run, he can block. He can run inside and run outside and he has great vision.
"He's the best-kept secret in Texas." Beck said Moore has been somewhat overlooked by some of the recruiting analysts because he had so few touches in Summit's spread, option offense and didn't pile up the massive numbers some of the other top tailbacks have in Texas.
"He didn't have the stats," Beck said. "He had only about 60 carries and rushed for 800 yards his junior season. That's nothing. There were guys in this state running for 2,000 and 3,000 yards their junior year. But, I'm telling you, he's the most complete back there is."
The 6-foot, 205-pound Moore rushed for 1,256 yards his senior season. Beck said Moore averaged almost 12 yards a carry for his career and also averaged 22 yards per reception and 45 yards per kickoff return.
"Our offense is similar to Urban Meyer's," Beck said. "He's got an opportunity to play three different spots at Florida - one of the two slot positions or running back.
"He's elusive in the open field and he's very explosive. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the Nike camp at Texas A&M last summer. He's a great athlete. He high-jumped 6-9 last spring in track."
Beck said Moore also is an excellent student who carries a GPA of 3.4.
"(UF wide receiver coach) Billy Gonzales recruited him and did a great job. Urban Meyer did a great job," Beck said. "Kestahn will have the opportunity to get a great education and play for a national title at Florida. He's a good student and a great kid and hard worker."
Moore visited Gainesville this past weekend and is the second player from Texas to commit to the Gators this week, joining wide receiver David Nelson from Wichita Falls.
Two more top Texas prospects are expected to visit UF this weekend - tailback R.J. Jackson and wide receiver Brandon La Fell, both from Houston.
You can reach Robbie Andreu at andreur@gvillesun.com or by calling (352) 374-5022.

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