Twitter and Facebook are ablaze with offers. Players reporting them as they happen, recruiting sites and newspapers following up, and the echo chamber cranking at full volume.
So how does a guy like Eric Moate pick up 10 of the quietest offers ever?
Well, consider he's one of the quietest football players ever.
The Spoto athlete -- he will start at running back but can play any of the skills positions -- told the Times he has 10 or so offers, including his first one from USF and others from the likes of Auburn, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Purdue and West Virgina.
Last year, the 5-foot-11, 164-pound rising junior had a breakout season...quietly, of course. He ran for 1,224 yards on just 111 carries -- that's 11 yards a touch -- and scored 14 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 30 yards on kick returns, includinga 98-yard return for a touchdown. He even had three sacks on defense, and was the team's punter.
The quiet-spoken Spartan speedster -- he's one of Tampa Bay's best track sprinters -- is wanted for his athleticism, and with a 3.9 grade-point-average he is the total package as a recruit. Most of the schools are interested in him as a defensive back. Auburn is one school that wants him as a running back, the position he'd prefer to play.
Spoto coach Dale Caparaso said Moate is faster than anyone he's ever coached, and that includes Johnny Peyton, a wide receiver at his previous stop in Pasco. Peyton was so coveted, Joe Paterno made the trip to Lacoochee to court him, though he eventually chose USF. "Speedwise, I think Eric beats Johnny,'' said Caparaso, who also raves that Moate is a more physical back than he is given credit for.
Moate is expected to see his workload double in 2012. Caparaso says "he's our guy" and wants to get him the ball 20-25 times a game, and Moate says he is up for the challenge.
READ THIS EXCELLENT STORY on Moate to see what the Spartan has had to overcome to become one of Tampa Bay's top athletes. It's pretty amazing stuff.