Opposing quarterbacks rarely challenged Broken Arrow senior defensive back Cre Moore this season.
“I just like making plays, but I didn't get the opportunity,” said Moore, who verbally committed to Kansas State in October.
Moore, however, still intercepted two passes and recorded 43 tackles as a big part of the Tigers' defense to earn a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State first team.
Moore had the chance for one more interception, dropping a sure pick in the Class 6A quarterfinals against Norman North, a game the Tigers would lose. But he still limited receiver Jake Higginbotham to just three receptions.
“He's got great speed,” Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. “I heard a guy talking, a college baseball coach, one time and he just recruits shortstops because they're your best players. You're going to recruit a corner, which is our best player.”
Moore is following in the mold of former Broken Arrow standout Levi Copelin, who is now playing wide receiver at Missouri.
“When I was younger, I used to be scared of him because he was Levi, he was great and everybody looked up to him,” Moore said. “He started as a sophomore, too, and I never thought that would be me.”
Moore, though, will remain at defensive back at Kansas State, where his size and speed will make him a versatile option on the secondary.
But he still talks to Copelin and even reminds Spavital of his former player.
“The impact that Levi had on the game was just unbelievable, and he was a teacher of the game to Cre and it helped Cre become what he was because Cre became that impact player,” Spavital said. “He's the guy that fit right in to where Levi was.”
Moore, though, says he is far from a complete player.
“My biggest weakness is probably my eyes,” he said. “I just need to work on staying focused on receivers instead of looking back at the quarterback; that's what gets me beat.”
But Moore was rarely beat at Broken Arrow.
At Kansas State, though, he will be challenged.
“He just had so much speed and he made plays,” Spavital said. “You challenge him and he accepts the challenge, and he's going to win those battles.”