Ballou sophomore WR Delonte Moore nets first offer from Clemson

Ballou rising sophomore Delonte Moore arrived at Clemson’s football camp last week looking to impress the ACC school’s coaching staff with his route running and speed, the two attributes that make him one of the District’s most promising wide receivers heading into the 2013 season.

ballouMoore made enough of an impression to come away with his first offer from the Tigers – and delivered a sign that much more recruiting buzz could be on the way for the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder.

“I’m excited at the opportunity, and the experience I had,” Moore said Tuesday. “It’s one of my top schools.”

Several other promising Ballou prospects made the trip South with Moore last week, which included a stop at Georgia. That program is also interested in the services of Moore, as are Old Dominion and North Carolina – and he expects more offers to come in only if he stays “humble and hungry,” he said.

Moore is among a core of young Ballou players who are starting to gain traction on the recruiting front, including junior tight end and defensive end William Richardson (6-3, 225 pounds) and offensive tackle Levon Livingston (6-7, 250 pounds). And he said Tuesday that he has a strong rapport with sophomore quarterback Chrisdeion Alston (6-2, 230 pounds) who threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman, and added another score on the ground.

Ballou finished 5-5 last fall, and graduated its top two offensive players in running back Daywone Wright and receiver Angelo Garnette, who combined for 20 touchdowns.

The early recruitment of Moore is a sign that Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed (who joined the program in 2013) is trying to build a pipeline into the Washington area, said Ballou assistant Jason Munson, who was one of the coaches to take the Ballou contingent to Clemson and Georgia last week. He plans on similar trips in the near future.

“They loved it. Delonte loved it…they loved the atmosphere,” Munson said. “It was a shot to the arm for the program.”

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