Ole Miss incoming freshman running back Kailo Moore is four-star recruit who 247Sports ranked as the No. 6 all-purpose back in the 2013 class, but in an interview with Yancy Porter of Scout.com is contemplating playing a different position before he comes to Oxford.
Moore is one of the fastest players in high school and broke the state record in the 100 meter run on Monday with a scintillating 10.23 time. That speed is what made him an electrifying ball carrier for West Bolivar District High School having run for 2,704 and 34 touchdowns in his final two seasons of high school. Now that speed could be used at wide receiver, as a return man or even at cornerback.
The Rebels signed three other running backs in addition to Moore and have Jeff Scott, I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylon Walten on the depth chart, so perhaps Moore is thinking he can make an impact quicker elsewhere rather than being buried on the depth chart.
Head coach Hugh Freeze knows he needs to get more playmakers on the field, particularly at wide receiver, where the team could use his speed, elusiveness and explosiveness to create mismatches out of the slot. He could play a role similar to what former Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster is playing in the NFL, and rather than being labeled strictly as a running back could be termed an offensive weapon.
His speed is sure to be an asset on special teams as a kick returner and perhaps even as a punt returner, but the potential thought of him lining up in the defensive backfield is one that intrigues me and probably the defensive coaches.
Ole Miss gave up 246.5 passing yards per game last season which ranked as the No. 80 pass defense in 2012, so there is room for improvement in the secondary. The Rebels thought they added a playmaker in former wide receiver Nick Brassell, but his uncertain academic status is reason for concern before summer camp starts. Moore could be a candidate to fill the role as the third boundary corner if Brassell is ineligible.
No matter how I look at this potential position switch for Moore he is going to be a versatile and valuable asset for Ole Miss this season and beyond with his out of this world speed and ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands.
Whether he lines up in the backfield, in the slot, on special teams or the defensive backfield the most important thing is he’s going to be doing so in a Rebel uniform.