Some of you had asked what had happened to Julious Moore, the defensive tackle from Bellevue who was one of the more highly-touted players in the state a year ago, named the 3A State Player of the Year by the Associated Press. (He’s pictured playing for Bellevue at right in a Mark Harrison photo).
So I put in a call to Bellevue High coach Butch Goncharoff, who said today that Moore is headed to Portland State to play for the Vikings, a member of the Big Sky and the Football Championship Subdivision, and for new head coach Nigel Burton, a former Husky.
Moore committed to UCLA after also considering UW, WSU and most of the Pac-10 (he actually never signed a letter-of-intent due to academic concerns). But he wasn’t going to be able to get in to UCLA this fall and was slated to be a gray shirt — meaning to delay his enrollment until after this football season — Goncharoff said.
Goncharoff said “that was something he didn’t want to do.” He’s able to get into Portland State for the fall, and Goncharoff said “Portland State might be a better fit for him in the long run.”
Goncharoff said when Moore’s academic issues at UCLA became apparent shortly after signing day that he did talk again with coaches at UW.
“They talked to UW and they really liked UW, but at that point, those guys (UW’s coaches) had gotten their guys in and just about moved on,” Goncharoff said. “He wasn’t sure at that point if he was going to have to gray shirt — the NCAA didn’t really make its decision at that point. It wasn’t really until March or April that the decision came down and they (UW) had gone another direction by that point.”
Moore is likely one of the more heralded recruits in Portland State history, rated the No. 8 player in the state of Washington and No. 36 at his position in the country last year by Rivals.com.
And he’ll get a chance to play against the Huskies in 2012 as the Vikings are scheduled to play at UW on Sept. 1 of that season (a game that could be the first in a remodeled Husky Stadium, though could also end up at Qwest Field depending on the progress of construction at that point).
Moore will be joined at Portland State by at least one former Husky as running back Willie Griffin is also on the PSU roster. (There have also been rumors that Curtis Shaw will end up there, as well, though there is nothing official on that).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— I also asked Goncharoff about the status of former UW linebacker E.J. Savannah, whose bid for a sixth year of eligibility for this fall was denied. Goncharoff said Savannah was unable to participate in UW’s Pro Day and other tryouts in the spring after having surgery to repair the hand injury that held him out the last four games of last season. So at the moment, Savannah is not on the roster of any team in any pro league but is hoping at some point to get some tryouts.
— Another former Bellevue High and UW player, J.R. Hasty, has had some tryouts with UFL teams, Goncharoff said, and is hoping to latch onto a roster somewhere.
All for now.
July 16, 2010 at 12:22 PM
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