To his team, Vicksburg wide receiver Raheem Moore is no secret. But to the entire state he is one.
He didn’t make neither the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star or Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic games, but that doesn’t bother him.
“i just tell him go out and play and let people notice,” said Vicksburg coach Marcus Rogers.
Moore has caught 71 passes for 1,055 yards with 20 touchdowns and has helped led the Gators to the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs.
Vicksburg (9-3) travels to Lake Cormorant (8-4) this Friday in the first round of the 5A playoffs.
“The one thing that is special about Raheem is that he’s only played football for two years and his best days are ahead of him,” Rogers said. “He’s a very high character young man that has a high ceiling. He still doesn’t know how good he can really be.”
Moore’s receiving stats is ranked 14th in the state according to MaxPreps. He caught two touchdowns last week in a 49-26 win over Holmes County Central to give him 20 touchdowns on the season and broke a five-year old school record that was held by former standout wide receiver A.J. Stamps, who had 19 touchdowns receiving back in 2011.
Recruiting wise Moore has offers from very junior college in Mississippi and is receiving heavy interest from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Louisiana-Monroe.
This week Moore and the Gators will have a big test in trying to stop a very well balanced Lake Cormorant offense that is averaging 211 yards receiving and 155 yards rushing per game and is led by wide receiver and Iowa commit Brandon Smith.
“It is going to be a challenge,” Rogers said. “This game will be about whose defense can stop who and can get off the field on third down. We got a good team and they do to, we will be ready.”
Moore is focusing on getting Vicksburg to the state championship in December. The Gators have never played for a state championship.
“He possess special leadership qualities,” Rogers said. “Me and him and have talked daily for the last month or so in which he tells that he wants the team to get on his back and ride him to Starkville.”