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Jefferson receiver Chris Moore increasing his exposure

TAMPA — Chris Moore or Andre Davis?

Andre Davis or Chris Moore?

Ask Jefferson QB Quentin Williams which one is better, and he has a simple answer:

"Both."

Both wideouts had good showings Saturday at the Elite Scouting Services combine at the Dragons homefield, with Davis making a sparkling one-handed catch that was described as the best of the day, and Moore clocking a 4.46-second time in the 40-yard dash.

"I think I did pretty good out there," Moore said afterward.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior has emerged from Davis' massive shadow this offseason, shooting up recruiting lists and rankings. ESS's prespring list, released last week, actually had him at No. 37 in the state, while Davis was No. 41.

Last summer, Davis, a 6-3, 170-pound junior, stood out in 7-on-7 ball to draw raves on the recruiting scene, then he followed up with a regular season that included 1,200 yards receiving, 18 touchdowns and first-team all-state honors.

Moore, meanwhile, quietly averaged more than 20 yards a catch, finishing with 722 yards and five scores.

"Both of them are different," said Williams, who threw for 34 touchdowns in 2009. "Dre is long and rangy. The best thing about him is the way he gets off the ball. I have yet to see a corner jam him. His ability to get off the line is incredible.

"With Chris, it's his ability to catch the ball. He isn't scared to jump and dive and all that. He risks his body. And he runs great routes."

The biggest difference may be the offers they have received so far.

Davis has written offers from more than a dozen schools — Florida State, Miami, Rutgers and West Virginia, to name a few. Moore is still waiting for his first offer, though he has drawn interest from many schools.

"It's hard being patient when you see everyone else (getting theirs)," Moore said. "But by the end of spring practice, Coach says I will have a lot. I know it's going to come. Colleges aren't stupid."

Moore is already considered one of the top receiving recruits in a stacked 2010 class of pass catchers. There is little doubt his patience will be rewarded.

SWEETN-ESS: Nature Coast's Ja'Juan Story continues to impress, and you could make a strong argument that the versatile junior is Tampa Bay's No. 2 noncommitted recruit behind Plant RB/LB James Wilder Jr.

At Saturday's ESS combine, Friday Night Football magazine editor Corey Long, who helped with the event, said Story was the best player in attendance, and the field included standouts such as Wilder (slowed by an injury) and Armwood RB Matt Jones.

Story ran a 4.37 in the 40, and Long said "he had a great shuttle time and was amazing in the 1-on-1s."

Other standouts included Freedom LB Anthony Harrell ("Really starting to look like a man out there," Long said), cat-quick Tarpon Springs DT Brodrick Lee, Countryside OL Tyler Pierson and Robinson WRs Ruben Gonzalez and Frankie Williams.

IGNITE WRAP-UP: For Gonzalez, a 6-3, 200-pound junior, it was his second impressive showing in as many weeks.

At last week's BigCountyPreps Ignite combine, Gonzalez opened some eyes with his overall performance. Also doing so was potential rising stars Berkeley Prep athlete Nelson Agholor, Brandon WR Reggie Roach, Chamberlain LB Reshay Hubbard and Middleton lineman Demetre Taylor.

HIDDEN GEM OF THE WEEK? Nike is holding a camp today at the University of Florida in Gainesville that is expected to draw a crowd that will include many from the ESS combine, such as Davis, Story and Wilder.

Another player expected to attend is Boca Ciega's leading receiver from last season, junior Tyree Green.

Green, who had 25 catches and eight touchdowns last season, is looking for a breakthrough this spring. A 6-1, 185-pounder, Green finished in the top 40 at a Nike event in Miami three weeks ago, based upon his SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness) score. Only Boca Ciega teammate Phadrae White (20th) and Tampa Catholic's Austin Aikens (11th) did better among Tampa Bay competitors.

According to Green, schools such as Mississippi, Texas Christian, Nebraska and USF have expressed interest. He attended USF's spring game Saturday, and will head to Gainesville today.

John C. Cotey can be reached at (727) 580-3691 or via e-mail at johncotey@gmail.com.

Jefferson receiver Chris Moore increasing his exposure 04/17/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 17, 2010 10:39pm]
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