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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 47 One of the most important recruits Purdue's signed in years, Moore's value is two-fold, at least: First, he's a potential impact player who may have chosen to play for the perfect coach to put his skills to good use. He'll have his own "chapter" of the playbook this fall, quite possibly. Second, by landing Moore, Purdue scored some recruiting cache nationally, a PR bump and a significant boost in its recruit- ing hotbed of Louisville. More importantly, though, is Moore's possible impact on the field. He could be a signature player for the Boilermakers. Height: 5-9 Weight: 190 High School: Trinity Hometown: Louisville Senior Stats: 109 receptions for 1,478 yards, 16 touchdowns, plus 537 rushing yards U ntil December, Rondale Moore had been committed to Texas. But the Kentucky wide receiver had been thinking about the Boiler- makers long before that. So after decommitting, following an official visit to Purdue the weekend before, Moore chose the Boilermakers over Texas, Ohio State, Florida State and many others in front of a national TV audience during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 6. During a ceremony a month later at Trinity High School, when he officially signed with Purdue, Moore said his tie to Brohm was important. "It was a big part of my decision," Moore said of Brohm, who also starred at Trinity in Louisville, "as well as the people that I'll be around while I'm there. As I took my visits and got time to sit back and watch some film after the season, watch how offenses operated, it was the best fit for me." Moore, a 5-foot-9, 190-pounder, gives the Boilermakers a dynamic playmaker from the slot, one they can build an offense around. "We think he's got some speed we don't have, without question. Straight-ahead speed, quickness, change of direction," Brohm said. "The ability to get him the ball, in space, behind the line of scrimmage, we'll utilize him as much as we can. He'll be thrown in the mix right off the bat. We'll get him up to speed as fast as we can. He's been very productive on video and in person when you watch him. He's got good receiving skills for his age and knows how to run routes and get the ball and what to do with it afterward. He's a guy in his high school team's offense, they featured him and they made sure he got plenty of touches and when he did, they won the game. "I think he can come in and help us." The Purdue Fit Did You Know? Moore's 109 receptions last season are the second-most in a single season in Ken- tucky history. Rondale Moore Wide receiver "Moore is a shifty slot receiver who isn't afraid to go over the middle in order to make tough catches. His size might present some challenges at the next level, but could also work in his favor at times, especially when matched up against bigger linebackers or safe- ties. A versatile offensive weapon, Moore could also see carries out of the backfield or on fly/ jet sweeps." — Southeast analyst Woody Wommack take Action photo by Chad Waggoner/Trinity Athletics

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