One-on-One: CJ Moore ‘14 - Suffield Academy (CT) Football, Baseball
Suffield Academy (CT) star athlete CJ Moore '14 has had a busy summer as the dual-sport (football and baseball) standout has been balancing a busy schedule, preparing for his senior season at Suffield Academy (CT).
Our Mass Prep Stars top ranked, uncommitted New England football player in the Class of 2014, Moore is a standout Wide Receiver and Defensive Back for the powerhouse Suffield Tigers. Moore totaled 500 receiving yards on averaging 24 yards a catch and eight touchdowns in 2012. The rising senior also had four interceptions in 8 games. Moore led Suffield in receiving yards, receptions, and was name first team all New England.
Moore, who has seen active Division 1 offers in both football and baseball, has been playing baseball this summer with the Teaneck Titans and the Youth Service Bombers, while also attending football camps in preparation for the fall season.
Last season on the diamond for Suffield, Moore hit .428 in 16 regular season games. He led Suffield in extra base hits with 10, RBIs with 20, home runs with 1, and was 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts. Moore was also named first team all New England and played in the New England postseason all-star game.
We caught up with Moore recently during his busy summer for a one-on-one interview.
How has your summer been going and what have you been up to in regards to football and baseball?
CJ: My summer has been very eventful. I have been doing both football and baseball camps as well as spending time with my family and friends from home. I have been traveling a lot for baseball and playing against many great teams, which is always exciting. For baseball I was invited by scouts to work with the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, and New York Mets.
How are you balancing the two sports and are you looking at potentially playing both sports in college?
CJ: Balancing both sports right now is tough. Since it is baseball season, I am constantly playing baseball. However, I try to take advantage of the football camp opportunities as well.
I am planning on playing both sports in college. I do not think I am ready to give up either sport yet.
How has the recruiting process been going for you?
CJ: The recruiting process is going very well. I have offers from Bryant for baseball and football, URI for baseball, Lamar for baseball, and UMass for football. I am also in contact with UConn for both, BC for both, Maryland for baseball, and Iona for baseball.
What has been some of the best advice you have received along the way in regards to being an elite dual-sport recruit and how to make decisions involving both sports?
CJ: I have received a great amount of encouraging advice over the past years. When I started to stress about the recruiting process, my parents told me to, “Just have fun and relax.” They have reminded me of how much fun I had in my earlier years of playing sports.
My school advisor, Mr. Sean Atkins, has been one of my biggest supporters. I remember going into his office numerous times and he was hard on me, which has helped motivate me. He has pushed me to work harder and harder, even when I thought I was working my hardest. Mr. Atkins made me remember the little things that come along with playing sports.
I think the best advice I was given was by an old friend of mine that attended Suffield Academy three years ago, my head football coach, and my head baseball coach. My friend Lorenzo Bernardez, Coach Brissette, and Coach Gamere all sat me down halfway through my baseball season last year. They simply told me not to think and just to play. That advice has definitely stuck with me and has helped me in my decision-making.
What brought you to Suffield and how has your experience been at Suffield in terms of athletics, academics and socially?
CJ: The Boys Club of New York brought me to Suffield Academy. This program gives kids living in the city the opportunity to attend many different prep schools. My experience athletically at Suffield has been amazing. Suffield Academy introduced me to the game of football my sophomore year. Academically ,Suffield challenges me in many areas which will help me in my college years. Socially, Suffield Academy is a small school with a great sense of community and school spirit, which I love.
CJ Moore hauls in a big catch in Suffield's 2012 bowl win over Proctor
Talk a little about your excitement for your senior season and the expectations of returning your core group of guys along with adding some talented student-athletes like WR Bryan Vieira '14 PG (formerly of Thayer Academy)?
CJ: I am very excited for my senior year. We are returning the core group of guys again for the second year and we have strong young talent that will sneak up on a lot of teams. Returning running back and player of the year Brice McAllister is a key player on the team. He opens up big plays for us wide receivers. Christian Wilkins is also very big on both sides of the ball but even bigger on the defensive side. Many of my good plays on defense have come from him getting to the QB.
Wide receiver Bryan Vieira is a big pick up for our squad. He has big plays written all over him. Bryan is also good for our offense because we now have four players that can take over a game.
Talk about some of the top football talent you guys are going to go up against this year and some the teams and players that will challenge you guys at the top.
CJ: In our league we face a lot of talented teams. We take them one by one and play with everything on the line because we know every team is out to get us. I know Tabor has a really good QB in Miles Wright returning, Canterbury always comes up with good PGs to make things fun, one of my best friends Allen Dawson will be attending Cheshire next year, and Wilbraham and Monson has a great linebacker and running back in Shacor Privott.
Talk a little about your strengths as a football player and something you need to continue to work on.
CJ: My strengths as a football player are my speed and my awareness. Even though this will only be my third year playing, I can tell how people want to play me.
Something I will continue to work on is my route running.
What professional or college athletes do you compare your game to?
CJ: For football I would compare myself to Mike Wallace on offense and Darrelle Revis on defense. On defense I like to be very physical and on offense I use my speed to try and make big plays.
In baseball compare myself to Adam Jones because I can hit for average and I have speed. I also have a good glove in center field.
Lastly, to conclude, tell us something unique that most people do not know about you.
CJ: As I said earlier, I have only played football for three years.
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