Moore signs scholarship at Pomona College; will walk on with Sagehens on offensive line
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
July 18, 2007 - The academic journey for SSHS graduate Levi Moore is headed to sunny California.
Moore, who graduated from SSHS in May, signed an full-ride academic scholarship to Pomona College on Wednesday, will also play football for the Sagehens in the fall.
"I am going to Pomona College in California. It is one of the top schools in the nation and it is a Division III school," Moore said. "I was accepted and got a full academic scholarship worth $42,000 a year renewable for four years. I decided to play football so I filled out the questionnaire and I sent it in and the next day the coach called me and here we are."
Moore had an offer from Austin College for a partial scholarship but decided on Pomona for their molecular biology program.
"I am going to majoring in molecular biology and we found a program that gives scholarships to highly achieving students and we found out about the scholarships through that," he said. "I applied and got accepted and then football was just an another thing to do."
In college, Moore will be playing on the offensive line and said the coach loved the fact that Moore was coming to the school.
"I am going to be playing on the offensive line like I was here and he said that he doesn't get many offensive line players from Texas," Moore said. "Every player that he gets is a walk-on since they are a Division III school and he can't go out and find people to play. He was really thrilled to have me to come and play for them."
The Sagehens are a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and plays conference members Redlands, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Occidental, Whittier, California Lutheran and La Verne according to their website.
SSHS offensive line coach David Carrillo said the offensive line will be the perfect fit for Moore in college.
"I am very proud of Levi because he worked very hard during the football season. He was looking for an opportunity to play and a position opened up and he said, "This is my position and no one else is going to get it," Carrillo said. "Everything that he did was very good for us and he is such a good kid and works hard. It shows good things happen to good people and I have no doubt that he is going to succeed in whatever he does."
Moore was third in his class at Sulphur Springs and is the son of Marty and Jane Moore.