By DANNY P. SMITH
Clayton Moore's football career has taken him from Starkville to Louisville, and from Oxford to Perkinston in Mississippi.
His next step appears to be leaving the state.
After winning the state championship and the Mississippi Bowl at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Moore has set his sights on either Akron or Wyoming as options to finish up at a four-year school.
Moore had a long meeting with Akron last Wednesday night and the recruiting process will take him to both places for a visit the next few days.
The attraction to Akron for Moore is that former Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus is the quarterbacks coach there.
"He coached with Charlie Weis at Notre Dame and was Jimmy Clauson's quarterbacks coach so that's what attracted me to Akron," Moore said. "He's had a good history."
Moore's services could be a good fit for a program needing a good quarterback and has received some good marks with recruiting services.
According to Yancy Porter of Scout.com, Moore has increased his arm strength and his footwork has improved while at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Moore grew up in Starkville and lived in the Oktibbeha County city until his ninth grade year. His mother worked in Louisville and drove from Starkville every day. Once that became too tough with the price of gas, the family decided to move to Louisville.
That's when Moore began to play for coach Brad Peterson and the Wildcats.
Moore transferred to MGCCC after sitting out a redshirt season at Ole Miss. He guided the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record with a state title, a bowl victory and No. 3 national ranking.
"It was a successful year and something I'll never be able to experience again," Moore said. "My teammates and I bonded really well throughout the year and that's what helped us be successful. The best thing about the year was I was winning and it didn't matter how many people I was playing in front of, I was having fun because I was winning."
After MGCCC defeated Copiah-Lincoln Community College 31-17 for the MACJC state championship, the Bulldogs out-scored Grand Rapids Community College 62-53 in the Mississippi Bowl. Moore completed 26 of 46 pass attempts for 354 yards and four touchdowns to capture Most Valuable Player honors.
"It was a total team effort all year," Moore said. "We had some adversity early in the season with two losses, came in second in the south and ended up winning the state title. Our last four games were on the road and we won all of them. This was a team I'll never forget."