Paul Moore has been a lot of places, but will soon be calling Florida Atlantic home.
The son of former NFL running back and Florida State fullback Paul Moore, the younger Moore, has given a verbal commitment to FAU’s coaching staff.
“I’m committed to Florida Atlantic, and it’s a blessing,” Moore said during a phone call Thursday afternoon. "I'm ready to come home and play closer to home."
At Miami Central High School, the wide receiver had seven touchdowns in six games in his senior year before a season-ending injury to his foot forced him to miss the final six games.
“Originally, I was going to go to FIU after high school, but after the injury to my foot, and talking with my uncle, I decided to head to junior college and get my stock back up,” Moore explained.
Moore’s uncle is Billy Rolle, head coach of the storied Miami Northwestern football team, who is no stranger to the recruiting process.
The next stop for Moore was Palomar College in California, where he found instant success. In his first season with the school, Moore gained All-Conference Honorable Mention honors after having 38 catches for 342 yards and four touchdowns.
Moore finished his senior year with 34 catches for 446 yards and two touchdowns, and that’s when the recruiting process started back up.
California, South Florida, Tulsa, Eastern Michigan and UCF all came knocking on the door for Moore’s services, until he took a late visit to Arkansas State and decided to sign with them, knowing that junior college signing day was the next weekend.
“I was on campus, in my first day of classes, until I found out some of my credits hadn’t transferred,” Moore said.
So, he went back to Palomar to fulfill requirements. And that’s when FAU discovered him.
“My Auntie sent FAU’s coaches an email, and that’s when Coach (Jared) Allen came to me,” Moore explained.
During his unofficial visit on the Boca Raton campus, Allen offered him a scholarship position on the squad which he verbally accepted on June 1st.
But he has one thing to take care of before joining the team in the fall.
“All I have to do is finish up one class, English 1, and I will be all set for the start of fall camp in August,” Moore stated.
The 5’10” wide receiver has played a verity of positions while in junior college and has been labeled with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. And that could be good news for Owl fans. In addition to lining up at wide receiver and in the “wildcat” quarterback package, Moore also has returns punts and kicks - something that the Owls are in desperate need of improving in.
“It’s a blessing to have the chance to come home and play in front of my family in South Florida, it will be a lot different than out on the west coast, and I’m truly excited", Moore said.
You can check out a video of Moore in action Here.