One on One: Alex Moore ‘13 Safety / RB - St. John’s Prep (MA) Football
St. John's Prep (MA) Safety Alex Moore '13 and the St. John's Prep Eagles have had a fast start out of the gate to begin the 2012 season. The Eagles are 2-0 heading into Saturday's game against No. 1 ranked Everett with a defense that has allowed just 13 second half points to date.
We caught up with Moore this week as the Eagles prepare to tackle their biggest challenge of the 2012 campaign. Everett is also 2-0 to begin the season and appear to be healthy and ready to compete for another Super Bowl championship.
Talk a little about your decision to come to St. John’s Prep out of middle school and the experience that you have had at Prep?
AM: From the age of 8, I was very focused on attending Notre Dame and playing football for the Irish. My middle school guidance counselor told me that my local high school hadn’t sent any students to Notre Dame in many years and that I should consider attending St. John’s Prep if that was my goal. So I did. For me, it was a great decision.
You hold a 4.05 GPA in the classroom. Talk a little about the balance between academics and athletics and the importance of taking care of business in the classroom?
AM: For me the balance between athletics and academics is very important. In everything I do, I give 110% and I work equally hard off of the field as I do on it. I am very competitive so that helps fuel my drive. I am also very focused. I want to go as far as I can with football, but my career beyond football is important to me and I want to keep all of my options open by continuing to excel in the classroom.
You guys have had a great start to your season. What do you attribute the success to both defensively and offensively and can you talk about the team's off-season preparation coming into 2012?
AM: This team has worked very hard in the off-season. Coach O’Leary and his staff all have us ready and prepared to have a great year. We are off to a great start but we understand that it is only two games and we all have areas where we can individually get better. Our goal is to get back to Gillette to play in the Superbowl. We are very focused as a team on this goal.
The thing that impresses me most about this team is our chemistry. As a team we share the same commitment to winning and we have each other’s backs. We’re winning because we are playing as one unit with the same goal – and we are having fun.
Everett is up next. They defeated you guys 35-0 last season. You are all a year older and more experienced. Can you talk about some of the factors that come with the experience you guys have now in a game against the State’s No. 1 ranked team?
AM: Last season is just that. Our team this year is so much more balanced. Our defense has been steady and we have allowed less points last year than we did in the previous Superbowl year and we're all still together. The difference is really how well our O-line is playing. They are playing great. They often do not get the credit that they deserve but they are one of the reasons we’re playing so well. I also think our QB is making some good decisions and is running the offense well.
You are playing at a high level in the defensive backfield to start the season. Can you talk about your comfort level at the safety position and is that a position that you are looking to transition to at the college level?
AM: Thank you. I will play whatever position the coach asks. I play both on sides of the ball but I would really like to play Safety at the collegiate level. This is my third year starting on defense and our defense is pretty solid. The defense works very hard to set the tone of the game and we work to get the ball back into our offense’s hands.
In terms of colleges, what are you looking for in a prospective school?
AM: am blessed to have the level of interest that I do from coaches. I want to play at a school where I can take my game to the next level and get an education at a prestigious school. I want to play an important role for a competitive football program.
You guys play in arguably the toughest conference in New England football. Can you talk about preparing for the Catholic Conference teams and the rivalries that you guys have built with the other teams over your four years at Prep?
AM: We started the year ranked fourth in the state and the top three in the state ranking are all on our schedule, two of those are in our conference. Our coaching staff has us prepared to play each week regardless of the opponent but the level of competition each and every week in our conference helps keep our game at a high level. We look forward each week to our next test.
Talk a little about some of the top kids that you have gone up against on the gridiron for opposing schools over the past couple of years and this year?
AM: Those that immediately come to mind are Richard Rodgers (pictured below), Vondell Langston, Matt Costello, and Armani Reeves. Our conference has a number of very good players and it is fun to play against the best in the state.
Richard Rodgers - Cal - credit - Tommy LaPorte/Icon SMI
Talk a little about some of your hobbies and interests as well as something that people do not know about you?
AM: In addition to football I also play baseball and basketball so I really jump from one sport to the other without any downtime. Homework keeps me pretty busy. My free time is limited. I dedicated most of my summer to working out and to getting ready for this season but I also worked for the Parks and Recreation in my hometown as a park counselor working with younger kids. It was really a lot of fun for all of us.
I like all kinds of music. I would have to say that most people probably don't know that before each game I have a collection of rap music that I have to play on the way to our games in order to get pumped up.
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