January 31, 2023

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Diamond in the Rough: Alex Moore (MD)

Alexander Moore is a class of 2023 safety out St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland. He is 6’2 and weighs in at around 185 pounds. Alex is athletic but also very physical at the safety position. He’s not afraid to get in the box and run downhill to make a big hit on the ball carrier. He is a great open field tackler with good techniques. Alex’s speed on the field allows him to cover a lot of ground and not allow any receivers to get behind him. He also has a good sense of finding the ball. Alex does an exceptional job at tracking the ball in the air like a center fielder in baseball. When it comes to his leaping ability, Alex has no problem climbing up the ladder and making a big play on the ball when need be. He has all the tools to be a proficient ball player at the next level. Great speed, quick instincts, good ball skills, aggressiveness, and high football IQ shows that he will be a problem for opposing teams in college. Currently, Alex is committed to the University of Maryland. 

When did you start playing football?

I started playing at six years old for the West Laurel Stallions

What would you say is your biggest strength or best aspect is a player?

I would say my speed. I can use that in all types of ways. It’s harder for receiver to get behind me and that makes up for my lack of technique, if I miss a step.

Did you have any personal goals for this season?

To be all-conference and to lead the league in interceptions. Also to have at least 40 tackles

What is something that the game of football has taught you over the years?

To have a short-term memory and to always have confidence, because that always affects the way you play. If you have a low-self esteem and low confidence then, that always affects how high of level you play with. Always have a high level of confidence, so you can play to the best of you ability.

Is there anything specific you focused on this past offseason/summer to get better for this season?

I worked at getting out of my breaks better because I struggled at that at first. And then, working on my open-field tackling. Those are two things I mainly worked on.

What motivates you?

I would say my family. When I look up in the stands, I look up at them and think about how I’m doing this for them. That motivates me to play harder.

Describe a time where you might of experienced some type of adversity.

I would say covid was like the first time and then the second time was when I had a back injury. At first, I didn’t know if I was going to play that season. When I was limited to playing half the game, that definitely pulled me down. I was wondering, am I going to be able to play football in college or are they going to take away my scholarship. That had me down for a little while, but other than that, I never really played through adversity.

What is something special about you and that separates yourself from the thousands of players trying to play division I football?

I would say my leadership skills and my ability to know what’s happening on the field. I would my strengths like my football IQ, my speed, my ability to cover the field, and my ability to close down open people. That’s what I would say that separates me from others and how good of level I do those things at.

Being a senior this year, what is something that you worked this past offseason with your team to build the chemistry with one anther?

We started off as the captains during the summer, we started the team bonding. We would do activities off the field. Once the season started and we got on the field, we made sure to make it clear to everybody that as long as everyone does their job, then will bring us all together. When we were all together, then that’s when we played at our highest level. So, just emphasizing playing together and not trying to be a personal hero. Everyone does their one job, and that’s what makes us a great team.

Football aside, who is your biggest role model/someone you might look up to?

I would say my dad. It’s kind of hard if I didn’t put football aside because, that’s one of the reasons I looked up to him, he played football in college too. But outside of football, just the type of man he is. He was the one that taught me to be a leader, how to be a follower of Christ, and all that. So, I would say he’s my biggest role model.

Are there any current NFL or college players that you study their film and possibly model your game after?

Currently, I would say Kevin Byard and Jordan Poyer.

Lastly, is there any message you have for the fans of the University of Maryland Terrapins?

I would say the best is ahead and I can’t wait to get up there. I’m looking forward to see what the future holds. I’m just ready to get out there and make plays.

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