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December 18, 2013

Devron Moore signs with Iowa State

Iowa State certainly made a good first impression on Devron Moore.

“Iowa State, Texas Tech, TCU and West Virginia were the only schools I was going to go visit,” said Moore, 6-foot-1, 190 pounder from Carthage. “I went to Iowa State first, and I could already tell. I decided after Iowa State I was going to go to one more school, and I went to TCU. When I got to TCU, I just felt it was nothing like Iowa State. It was way different.

“Iowa State’s weight room is state of the art. It was like a whole hour when we went to the weight room and talked to them. The other schools were like here’s the weight room, and that was it. That was a pretty big thing.”

Moore, a safety who totaled 10 interceptions and 159 tackles in the last two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, signed a letter-of-intent with the Cyclones on Wednesday at Gusano’s in Joplin.

“There is a member of the (NEO) staff (offensive line coach Chris Jirgens) that I played college football with (at Missouri Western in 1988-89), and he said I have a Big 12 safety here for you,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said in a media conference Wednesday in Ames. “We followed up on that.

“Devron has great fundamental defensive back skills we look for, and that starts with being able to backpedal. A lot of DBs these days play with their hips open, and I don’t think you can be a great DB and not backpedal. He has the ability to do that. He’s a ball hawk. He’s intercepted a bunch of balls as well as he’ll come downfield and hit you.”

During his visit to Iowa State, Moore met with Cyclones strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight, a Joplin native and former All-American offensive lineman at Missouri Southern.

Moore, the son of Alan Davis and Angel Hunnell, was a two-time first team all-conference selection for the Golden Norsemen.

As a freshman he made seven interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He also made 54 solo tackles, 85 total stops, broke up eight passes and recovered a fumble.

This season Moore intercepted three passes and returned two for scores. He had 52 solo and 74 total tackles and four pass breakups.

“My sophomore year we could have done more as a team,” Moore said. “But overall it was a great time.”

Moore also was a standout tailback for the Carthage Tigers, but he’s happy to be on defense now.

“You see people get hit pretty hard,” Moore said. “Kickoff returns I kind of miss, but overall, no, I don’t miss offense.”

The Cyclones signed three more junior college players on Wednesday —defensive end Gabe Luna from Butler Community College, offensive lineman Wendell Taiese from Laney (Calif.) CC and linebacker Jordan Harris from Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) CC.

“Having these four enrolled at the semester, to participate in our offseason program as well as spring practice certainly greatly enhances their opportunity and chances to contribute for us in a greater role in the fall of 2014,” Rhoads said. “All four of them have been told they will have the opportunity to come in and compete for starting time and snaps immediately.”

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