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July 25, 2011Rosedale's Kailo Moore is arguably the fastest player in the state of Mississippi.
He's also quite quick when it comes to a public commitment.
The 2013 West Bolivar tailback camped at Ole Miss Saturday and has since then given a verbal to the Rebels. Moore rushed for 32 touchdowns and approximately 2,300 yards as a sophomore.
"He's a good player," West Bolivar coach Henry Johnson said. "He's been playing for me since the eighth grade on the varsity level. He's done a great job for us.
"He's matured over the past couple of years. He used to just use his speed. Last year, he had better vision, showed his balance, used low pad level, used his blocks, set up runs, things like that."
Moore's grandfather, Freddie Lee Williams, played running back for Ole Miss from 1976 through 1979.
"I'm not surprised," said Johnson, who said "everyone in the country" has been inquiring about Moore. "He always liked Ole Miss.
Moore participated in Ole Miss' senior camp Saturday, wowing camp observers with several blazing runs in the 40-yard dash, including a hand-timed 4.36 seconds.
"I think he can be like (Chris) Johnson for the (Tennessee) Titans," Johnson said. "I think he can be that type of back. He's going to be 205 or 210, using great speed. I think at Ole Miss they'll have to move him around, put him in the slot some, speed-sweep him, use him like they did (Dexter) McCluster. He's not going to be a Mark Ingram-type of kid."
Johnson said Moore has close to a 3.4 grade-point average. He said his star running back made a 14 on his first attempt at the ACT.
"I'm thinking he's going to qualify," Johnson said. "He's just got to take the ACT every time from here on out."
Given his talent and the likelihood he'll qualify academically, Moore's non-binding verbal commitment likely won't dissuade schools from continuing their pursuit. Can Ole Miss hold on until February 2013?
"It's hard to say," Johnson said. "He hasn't seen any place. He hasn't been anywhere. He's only seen Ole Miss and Mississippi State. I hope he stays in-state. I'm a Mississippi boy and I hope he stays in the state of Mississippi, but I know it's going to be hard. It just all depends on what Ole Miss can offer a couple of years down the road. Can they make a big bowl? Are they going to contend? Every kid wants that spotlight."