Leesburg, Va. — Tuscarora High School senior center Will Moore has committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Frostburg State University starting in the 2019-2020 academic year.
“Now, I can focus on getting my body and my mind ready for the next level of football,” the 6-foot, 275-pound Moore said. “There isn’t anymore stress about where I’m going or what I’m going to do after high school.”
As Moore – and Woodgrove seniors Jordan Berkowitz and Graham Walker – prepare to transition to the college game, Frostburg is working on its transition from the Division III Capital Athletic Conference to the Division II Mountain East Conference.
In 2018, the Division III Bobcats team went 10-1 overall, and 8-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, before falling to John Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
“I want to bring the Bobcat family my leadership both on and off the field, my knowledge of the game, and bring more intensity next year, ” Moore said. “The Bobcats will make some noise on the Division II level.”
After growing up playing in the Central Loudoun Youth Football League and for the War Eagles, Moore made Tuscarora’s varsity team his freshman year, which helped him develop into the player he is today.
“Playing at Tuscarora showed me that football is more than just a game; it’s a way of life,” Moore said. “So many coaches during my little league career have helped me along the way, and I have learned something from each one of them which helped me become the player I was as I entered Tuscarora.”
Moore’s decision to continue his athletic career stems deeper than the opportunity to play at the next level. Tuscarora’s late assistant coach Adam Fortune – for whom the Huskies’ football stadium is named in memory of – played center at Frostburg State. While Moore never got the opportunity to play high school football for Coach Fortune, his current high school coaches Brandon Wheelberger and Jared Toler both played for the Bobcats as well.
“Playing college football has always been a dream, and Coach Fitz and Coach MacDonald have given me an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down,” Moore said. “Coach Fortune attended Frostburg and played center, which made my choice very easy. The blood lines don’t stop there as Coach Wheelbarger and Coach Toler both played football at FSU. You can definitely say that Frostburg red runs deep in Tuscarora blue.”
In his first season at the helm of the Tuscarora program, Wheelbarger led the Huskies to a 7-4 record, before falling to Broad Run in a VHSL Region 5C semifinal.
Even with his commitment, Moore knows how important Tuscarora was to his development and will take the lessons he learned with him to Frostburg State in the fall.
“My experience playing at Tuscarora is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life. Over the course of four years, we have played in a lot of crazy games from the last second catch against Potomac Falls my freshman year to the Miracle in Aldie against John Champe my junior year, we proved a lot of people wrong,” Moore said. “But at the end of the game, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about being a family.”