Most seventh graders are getting out of school, enjoying summer and preparing for eighth grade.
Dante Moore? He’s thinking about college.
Moore is not like other eighth graders. He is a quarterback, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound athlete at Alex Marie Manoogian School in Southfield, Mich., who now owns an offer from the University of Michigan.
To be a part of the Class of 2023.
It was great to compete today and try to perform my best! I’m extremely excited and super blessed to have received my first offer from @UMichFootball! I’m even more excited to continue to work hard & get better every day! Thanks @CoachJim4UM! 〽️🙌🏿 #GOBLUE pic.twitter.com/W3KyctJMoF
— DJ (@dantemoore05) June 19, 2018
Moore is believed to be the youngest player from the state of Michigan ever to be offered by a Division I program.
“The only schools looking at me right now [are] Michigan and high schools,” said Moore, who said he likely will attend Detroit Cass Technical. “It’s truly a blessing to have the Michigan offer, especially being so young. It’s well deserved and only going to make me work harder and go up from here.
“The grind won’t stop, I can promise that.”
Moore picked up the offer from coach Jim Harbaugh during Michigan’s camp in Ann Arbor on Monday. He is close with former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, as the two worked out occasionally dating back to when Gardner played in college.
“I just went to camp to showcase my talent,” Moore said. “With Devin being connected to relationships up at Michigan, it was just time for me to show the coaches I’m ready, even at a young age.”
Gardner has taught Moore a lot of the techniques at quarterback, including footwork, arm strength and ball placement. Gardner played for Detroit Jesuit before transferring to in-state Inkster High School in November of his sophomore year.
As a matter of fact, Gardner was one of the first to call Moore to tell him about the offer. The other person who knew was his father.
“Michigan has had great quarterbacks come out, starting with my favorite players Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh and Devin Gardner,” Moore said. “I grew up going to spring games and football games, so I know the culture and love how they do things.
“Now, Michigan is my first offer. I’m very blessed.”
Instead of following Gardner’s path to Detroit Jesuit, Moore is considering Cass Technical, Walled Lake Western in Walled Lake and Martin Luther King in Detroit.
“I’m in close relation with coach Thomas Wilcher,” Moore said on why he’s probably attending Cass Tech. “He’s made it to a couple of my [Detroit Spartans] little league games, and I also have an older brother that plays at Cass Tech.
“My brother is Otha Moore. He’s a junior this year.”
In about five years, when Moore is making his college decision, he said Michigan offering extremely early will help the Wolverines.
“For sure it will help,” Moore said. “They were the first college to believe in me as a football player.”
Here are Moore’s seventh-grade highlights: