Many outstanding schools made offers to Alex Moore. What the St. John’s Prep football standout had a hard time deciding was exactly where he wanted to spend his next four years.
This past weekend, however, the Boxford native made his choice, committing to the University of Pennsylvania.
The St. John’s Prep captain and Catholic Conference all-star made calls to Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Colgate, Lafayette and Dartmouth to say he wouldn’t be accepting their offers. Instead, he’ll suit up for the defending Ivy League champs starting this fall. The Quakers plan to use him on defense.
“A lot of great schools were nice enough to give me offers,” said Moore, an outstanding two-way player who had 19 touchdowns and 114 points for the Division 1 Super Bowl champion Eagles last season. “I wanted to look at all the pros and cons before making my decision. It all came down to what I felt was the best fit for me, both athletically and academically.
Last season at St. John’s, Moore gained 842 yards rushing with 13 touchdowns and averaged 7.6 yards per carry. He also had a team-high 20 catches for 455 yards and 5 TD receptions. On defense he had four interceptions and four forced fumbles. An electric player with blinding speed, Moore made game changing plays in several games for the Super Bowl champs.
The reigning Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, the 6-foot, 195-pound Moore narrowed his choices down to Dartmouth (where SJP teammate and close friend Lucas Bavaro is headed) and Penn.
“I made my official visit to Dartmouth a week ago, and they made the biggest push. It was a hard choice because I’ve been with Lucas all the way from elementary, middle school and high school,” said Moore. “It would’ve been nice to keep it going in college because we’ve been playing for so long we instinctively know where (the other) will be on the field.”