• Shederrian Jones

Rondale Moore: the next big thing

Rondale Moore is a 5’ 9" freshman wide receiver who plays for Purdue University football. Moore attended Trinity High School and squatted three times his body weight. In high school, Moore garnered offers from numerous powerhouse schools, including Ohio State, Texas, and Ole Miss, according to Bleacher Report.

Although undersized for the position, Moore makes up for it with his jumping ability and speed. In his junior season, he led Trinity to the state championship.

At Nike’s recruiting summit The Opening, Moore recorded a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, while also posting a 42-inch vertical.

He gathered attention on and off the field as he had a video of him squatting 600 pounds go viral. When he committed to Purdue, people were puzzled, as the team is not known for having a winning tradition. The reason behind his commitment was Purdue’s head coach, Jeff Brohm. Brohm was also a graduate of Trinity High School. Brohm also recruited Moore months before any other recruiters, according to Bleacher Report. This eventually led to Moore committing to Purdue.

In his first college football game, against Northwestern, Moore broke Purdue’s single game all purpose yards record. In the first quarter, he scored two touchdowns. His first was a 32-yard touchdown catch followed by a 76-yard run. Moore was so elusive in his first game it reminded college football fans of former USC running back Reggie Bush.

When Moore finished the game, he had 109 receiving yards, 79 rushing yards, and 125 kick return yards. His excellent play was awarded as he was awarded Big Ten Co-Freshman of the week.

This should be the start of great things for Moore, who blew away the nation is his first college game.