You might be hardpressed to find a video of Kam Moore‘s football exploits on the Internet. The O’Connell defensive back admittedly doesn’t carry the hype and five-star power that some college coaches use to plan their recruiting trips.
So when Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown stopped by a recent workout at O’Connell to see Moore, it caught the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder by surprise.
“At first, I didn’t really believe it and thought it was surreal because it kind of happened out of nowhere,” said Moore, a rising senior. “But I was excited that they were showing interest and hoped it could lead to something.”
That opportunity came June 9, when Moore impressed the Boston College coaches during a camp on the Massachusetts campus. A few days later, following his first offer from a Bowl Championship Series program, Moore made the pledge to be an Eagle.
“I talked with [BC assistant coach] Frank Leonard, who recruits this area, for a good bit and they kind of fell in love with Kam and his film,” O’Connell Coach Del Smith said. “Don Brown likes height and Kam fits that bill, and once they saw what he could do at camp, he got that call with an offer.”
Smith said that Moore’s physical play, high football IQ and proficiency in one-on-one coverage also stood out to the Boston College coaches, giving them a glimpse of what Smith saw all last season in his first year as the Knights head coach.
Along with totaling 738 yards and nine touchdowns as a running back, Moore held his own in coverage as a safety against the tough competition of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. His explosive ability was often evident on tackles, as Moore used his speed and sound mechanics to track down opponents with big hits.
“He looks the part and he doesn’t flinch defensively,” Smith said. “He’s extremely physical when he tackles.”
Moore also held offers from Monmouth and VMI while garnering strong interest from Duke. Because of his diverse ability in coverage, Moore said he could play cornerback and safety once he joins Boston College next year as the 14th member of its 2014 recruiting class.
“I really liked the coaches and my experience up there when I went to the camp,” Moore said. “They liked my versatility on defense and it just felt like a good fit.”
In somewhat related news, one of Moore’s teammates on the O’Connell basketball team, Melo Trimble, continued his strong offseason play at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville this past weekend.
Multiple reports and tweets from those in attendance lauded Trimble’s sharpshooting ability and toughness at both guard positions. The Maryland commit’s play following an All-Met junior campaign recently helped him land the No. 45 spot in ESPN’s first player rankings for the Class of 2014. Fellow Terp recruits Dion Wiley of Potomac (Md.) earned the No. 26 position.