UC Lands Quarterback Hayden Moore for the Class of 2014

The following was written by Bearcats Blog recruiting reporter Stuart Gilchrist. Follow Stuart on twitter @StewieGilchrist.

With the loss of quarterbacks Trenton Norvell and Brent Stockstill, the 2014 Cincinnati Bearcats are on pace to have only two scholarship quarterbacks, Bennie Coney and Gunner Kiel, on the roster for the start of spring camp. There will also be walk-on Michael Colosimo but the fact is that quarterback became a position of need for the Bearcats for this recruiting class with the two departures. It is a hard sell for quarterback prospects since realistically they would ride the bench for 3 years waiting behind both Coney & Kiel. We saw Sean White & Shuler Bentley choose other schools over the Bearcats and this most likely was one of the contributing factors.  Enter Hayden Moore, a 6’2” 190lb signal caller from Pinson, Alabama.



Hayden Moore

Recruited By: Tyson Helton

Other Offers: Jacksonville State, MTSU, Murray St, Southern Illinois, UAB


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Late on August 5th, Moore, named the best returning quarterback in Birmingham, officially committed to the Bearcats and filled a need for this class. According to the story here, it took Moore all of 30 seconds after receiving his offer to pledge to Cincinnati. According to Moore, Tommy Tuberville & Staff wanted a quarterback who could enroll early in winter and that was capable of running the “spread” offense that will be used. He fits both of those criteria. Moore will graduate early in December and is not only a capable passer but also a good scrambler. In his junior campaign, he passed for 1900 yards with 19TDs and rushed for another 600 yards with 11 TDs. Moore also lead his team to a 12-2 record and will look to have a similar type season this year.


From the highlight video above, Moore has good speed for a quarterback, even posting a 4.6 40 time last season. He has a solid arm that can hit targets all over the field and seems like the type of quarterback that would fit in at Cincinnati. He may need to work on his throwing mechanics as his release seems slightly low for college football but overall he is a good get in a position of need that we had for the class of 2014. We should be able to get higher profile quarterbacks next year when the position isn’t so locked in for the foreseeable future. This brings the recruiting class of 2014 to 17 commitments which is great seeing that it is only August. Since May, Coach Tuberville said that the goal was to add a recruit a week throughout the summer into camps and so far the staff has done just that.


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