ROSEDALE, Miss. — Running back Kailo Moore has come full circle.
By: Ben Garrett, OMSpirit.com
A four-star prospect, Moore committed to Ole Miss in June of 2011. However, after the dismissal of Houston Nutt the following November, he backed off his decision, later switching to in-state rival Mississippi State.
On Friday, weeks following his de-commitment from MSU, he flipped again.
Moore recommitted to Ole Miss at a press conference at his school, becoming the first commitment in what is sure to be a busy January leading up to National Signing Day in February for the Rebels.
“They’re just on the rise,” Moore said of Ole Miss in a previous interview with Scout.com. “That’s what stands out about them the most. It’s real big with them being on the rise for me. I think they have a chance to win the SEC and the national championship, and I could stay home and do it for my state. I saw how they were competing against the top teams in the country and they were just coming up a few plays short in the fourth quarter.
“I know with the class they’re bringing in with players like me and Antonio Conner, Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell, it’s just going to be a team to be dealt with over the next four to five years. I feel like I can do something special at Ole Miss. We all do.”
Moore, rated the No. 16 running back in the country by Scout.com, has an extensive offer sheet. Along with Ole Miss and Mississippi State, he holds offers from Vanderbilt, Southern Miss and Memphis. Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee have all shown interest, as well.
He joins a collection of talented running backs to choose Ole Miss, including four-star Mark Dodson, who will enroll at Ole Miss later this month, and a pair of three-star rushers in Peyton Barber and Eugene Brazley.
Ole Miss lost one running back after the season, senior Devin Thomas. Leading rusher Jeff Scott is entering his final year.
“That’s a big plus to me,” Moore said of immediate playing time. “Jeff was getting too many carries last season. I can come in and give him a break, and he can come in and give me a break; that way everyone stays fresh the whole game.
“He’s so fast. You chase him around, and then you have to chase me around and the defenses are going to wear down.”
Ole Miss finished the 2012-13 season 7-6 overall, including a 38-17 win over Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
The Rebels were fifth in the league in total offense with 426.8 yards per game, and their rushing attack, which was seventh in the SEC, produced a rusher in Scott who totaled 828 yards on the ground, good for 10th.
“It’s just a good offense,” Moore said in a previous interview with Scout.com. “They spread you out in the open field. It’d be hard to bring me down in that offense and keep me out of the end zone. It’s a good scheme for me.”
Moore rushed for over 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior for West Bolivar High School. He participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic in December.
He’ll be reunited with Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix in Oxford. Nix has recruited Moore since the 8th grade.
“He’s super cool,” Moore said of Nix. “Coach Nix was the first coach to start recruiting me, and we just have that bond that I don’t have with anybody else.
“He’s just like family to me, really. I know his family. He knows my family. He’s the type of coach I can trust and would like to be coached by.”