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Dante Moore, Oregon Ducks QB pledge, named nation's No. 1 overall prospect by Sports Illustrated

SI named Michigan quarterback Dante Moore, an Oregon Ducks pledge, the nation's No. 1 overall prospect in its SI99 rankings

There's a new No. 1 prospect in America.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated released its No. 1 player in the SI99 rankings - and Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School (Michigan) quarterback Dante Moore earned the top spot.

The full SI99 rankings will be released Tuesday.

For Moore, the top ranking is just the latest in a series of impressive feats over the past few months leading to his top ranking.

Here's SI director of recruiting John Garcia Jr.'s summary of Moore's surge:

"The last 12 months or so have been the apex of the Moore experience, as he led King to a state championship last December while putting up remarkable numbers along the way. As a junior, he threw for 3,044 yards and 40 touchdowns against just three interceptions while completing 70% of his pass attempts. He followed it up with a strong offseason circuit, shining at various 7-on-7 events ahead of being named SI’sElite 11 Finals MVP at June’s end." 

Moore was selected as the Elite 11 MVP by both Sports Illustrated and 247Sports - with one national analyst indicating he was the best performer each day of the camp.

“At the Elite 11, I saw him do things I never saw,” Tyrone Spencer, his high school coach, said. “We don’t just throw fade balls all the time, we run the short and intermediate game. … So the knock on him was his deep throwing. And then I’m looking at him throwing the ball down the field like, ‘Oh my God!’

“In my head I thought he was making a push.”

Since that performance, Moore has been bumped up to No. 2 nationally on 247Sports and No. 3 on ESPN, but both sites have openly discussed the possibility that Moore would eventually take the top spot.

In a year that features a historic quarterback class, featuring Louisiana's Arch Manning and California's Malachi Nelson and Nico Iamaleava, that's no small feat. 

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As for his recruitment, Moore committed to Oregon in early July and had plenty to say on the matter for Sports Illustrated.

Perhaps most important, he's solid with the Ducks.

“I just knew Oregon was the best fit for me,” Moore said. “The staff they have now, their stories as to why they’re coaching football, it was something to understand and something that stood out to me.

“Now I’m chilling, recruiting receivers, recruiting O-linemen to block for me. I’m living in the moment.” 

Links

- Dante Moore commits to Oregon Ducks on ESPN's 'SportsCenter' (July 8)

- National recruiting expert: Dante Moore may be nation's No. 1 prospect (July 8)

- Rivals: Oregon QB commit Dante Moore pushing Arch Manning for nation's top prospect ranking (July 11)

- Top performers at Elite 11, led by Dante Moore (June 29) 

- Prediction: Oregon Ducks to land 5-star QB Dante Moore (June 27)

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