July 15, 2010

Moore finds college-town charm to his liking

[/db]Collins Moore[/db] spent Wednesday at Ole Miss, touring the university's academic facilities and spending more time with wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

What stood out to the Madison (Bob Jones), Ala., wide receiver, however, was the town of Oxford, Miss.

Of Moore's top three choices, Oxford offers something the others don't, and that could be a factor.

"I like it," said Moore, who spent about six hours on campus before heading to Oxford's historic downtown square for a meal and a feel for the nightlife. "We got a chance to go downtown and eat. It was eat. I like the small-town atmosphere. I wouldn't like a school being in the city."

That's good news for Ole Miss, possibly, as the Rebels are competing against LSU and Kentucky for Moore's services. Both Baton Rouge, La., and Lexington, Ky., are considerably more metropolitan than Oxford.

Moore admitted that gives Ole Miss an advantage. However, Moore didn't declare the Rebels a favorite, instead saying the three schools are "about the same."

As for his visit at Ole Miss, Moore said he was pleased to get a chance to look more extensively than he did when he was a standout at the June elite camp.

"It went pretty good," Moore said. "I was with Coach Dickerson the whole time. I toured the facilities and took a campus tour and the academic tour.

"I learned a lot. I learned about what they offered academically -- the computer work stations, the labs, the tutoring services. I learned a lot about the history of the school. I also met some players and spent some time with them. That was good."

Moore left Oxford Thursday to head to Baton Rouge. He'll visit the LSU campus Friday, hang around Louisiana's capital city on Saturday and then camp at LSU on Sunday.

Moore said Ole Miss' coaches asked him "to come up and see a game and see what it's like on game day." Moore said he plans to do just that. He's hoping to make a decision late this fall.

Moore, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, is ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the state of Alabama and the No. 43 wide receiver prospect nationally.

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