Monday, March 2, 2009
Updated: March 9, 3:52 PM ET
Rahsaan Moore gives opposing defenses headaches
By Mike Loveday
Opposing coaches may know his name, but Wise's Rahsaan Moore could be the best-kept secret in Maryland high school football.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior plays the defensive line for head coach DaLawn Parrish and helped lead the Pumas to their first-ever playoff berth last season.
"He's the best football player on the team. When you're talking straight football. He's the one," Parrish said. "If you ask any of the coaches that we play who the best [player on Wise] is, they'll say Rahsaan or Titus [Till]. What makes him like that? He's 6-2, 230, plays D-end, we can move him to D-tackle or tight end. He does it all. He's just like Titus except he's bigger."
"It's hard to say he's better than Titus," Eleanor Roosevelt head coach Tom Green said. "He's an impact player and he makes a lot of plays. The first game we had a lot of problems [blocking him]. Isaiah Ross, who is a D-I player, had trouble blocking him."
Ross is committed to the University of Maryland as a linebacker.
Moore earned Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention last season, helping Wise to a 9-4 record and a state semifinal appearance, where it lost to eventual champion Sherwood.
Moore does not hold any college offers at this point, but Parrish said it is only a matter of time.
"He is strong at the point of attack. He can rush, he can bull rush, and he maintains well, he uses his hands very well. This kid is phenomenal. If you ever see him your jaw will drop," Parrish said. "The D I-A schools that are coming in like him, but they have questions: 'Can he stand up?' All the I-AA [schools] love him -- they're like, 'Sign him up for us.'"
He's the best football player on the team. When you're talking straight football. He's the one.
At 6-2, Moore is falling victim to the eye test. Since he's not the prototypical size for a defensive end, the major colleges would like to use him as a linebacker. Moore hasn't played linebacker, so those colleges will want to see his 40-yard dash and pro agility times to test his speed.
Parrish recalls a story during Moore's sophomore year, when they were at a collegiate one-day camp. Moore was around 215 pounds then, and a couple of inches shy of his current height. Parrish was told Moore did not measure or run well.
"[The college coach] asked me what I thought -- if he could play," Parrish said. "I asked him, 'How did he do when he went to the tight end and defensive end drills? How did he compare to other tight ends and defensive ends?' [The coach replied], 'Oh, he can play!' I told him that he answered his own question."
Moore is expected to attend the Nike Baltimore Combine on March 28 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
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Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com