By Owen Gotimer
Ashburn (September 12, 2015) — Broad Run High School senior Chris Moore has made a commitment to continue his football career at the University of Virginia starting in the 2016-2017 school year.
“Being committed is great. It’s such a relief to know where I’m going,” the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Moore said. “It takes away the recruiting-process stress, and from a football standpoint, it gives me a lot of confidence on and off the field.”
And Moore has used that on-field confidence to help the Spartans to a 3-0 start this fall.
In their season opener, Broad Run defeated Potomac Falls, 28-7, as Moore caught the Spartans’ first touchdown of the game and of their 2015 season. Just a week later, Broad Run hit the road again and easily took down Wakefield, 40-6. On September 11, exploded in the second half to cruise to victory over Langley, 45-21.
“My expectation for us this year are very high. We are still better than people think we are,” Moore said. “We have a very explosive backfield with our quarterback, Kyle Brickerd, and our running back, Meech Hembry. We also have very explosive receivers with Jaleel Robinson and me on the outside. On the defensive side, our defense is very solid as a whole.”
While the Division I Cavaliers’ defense struggled in their week one loss to UCLA, Virginia – including Broad Run graduate Jackson Matteo (2012), Stone Bridge graduate Rob Burns (2011) and Woodgrove graduate Braedon Urie (2014) – hopes to bounce back big on September 12 in their dance with Notre Dame.
“I think I’ll be a great fit to the Cavaliers’ defense because I’m able to play any position in the secondary,” Moore said. “Being a big corner already, I can bring physicality on the outside.”
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Moore has grown in physical size since he first started playing football, but noted that the more important growth for him was as a person.
“I play football for my mom and for the love of the game. I love the atmosphere of games and being under the lights,” Moore said. “Football also builds you as a man, forces you to mature quickly and to rise to occasions.”
Born in New York City, Moore will turn in the bright lights of Broadway and nine million neighbors, for a much smaller community of less than 50,000, but knows UVA is the place for him.
“I chose UVA because I felt it was a great fit for me. I’ve been up to Charlottesville multiple times, and it felt like home,” Moore said. “I really like the coaching staff and the direction that the program is going. In other aspects besides football, UVA is a great place to be education wise and has a great town around it.”