UVa fans must be experiencing a sense of deja vu of late with respect to the Virginia football program. First, Kwontie Moore, the state’s best linebacker prospect for the 2012 recruiting class, committed to UVa. On the heels of an outstanding 2011 recruiting class where coach Mike London secured five of the nation’s Top 150 recruits, he recently got news that Michael Moore is on his way to Virginia as well.
As many know, Michael Moore is the son of perhaps the greatest modern day quarterback to ever don the orange and blue, current Cavalier receivers coach Shawn Moore. Michael Moore, a defensive end out of DeMatha High School in Maryland, is one of the nation’s best defensive players. Coupled with Kwontie Moore, the duo has set the stage for another stellar recruiting class. And back to back nationally ranked recruiting classes can put a team back in contention pretty quickly.
There are some interesting parallels happening with UVa football compared with one of the greatest eras in the history of the program; namely, the original combination of a pair of Moores – wide receiver Herman Moore and quarterback Shawn Moore, both Heisman Trophy finalists – helped propel the program to great heights. Of course, the late 80′s and 1990 version of Moore-Moore was on the offensive side of the ball. But the days of winning games with nothing but potent offenses are over. Championships are won on defense in more cases than not, and this Moore combination could anchor a unit that could help strive toward the amazing accomplishments of the original Moore combination.
I long for the days when Virginia football was talked about on the national stage, and I firmly believe those days are coming sooner than many realize. The two original Moores (Original M’s, or OM for short?) helped take UVa to a place it had never seen: the top of the college football ladder, a No. 1 ranking and the equivalent of BCS bowls. The way Coach London and staff are re-shaping this program, by getting back to its roots and the foundation that Hall of Fame coach George Welsh originally established, it’s hard to hold back the excitement and easy to draw parallels to that once great time.
Moore and Moore, it has a very nice ring to it.