Friday was a memorable day for Houma Christian School senior football player Efferem “T.J.” Moore.
He started the day by signing a national letter-of-intent to play college football at Methodist University, a NCAA Division III college based in Fayetteville, N.C. He signed the scholarship during a ceremony held in front of family, coaches and teammates.
He ended the day by receiving his high school diploma from Houma Christian during graduation ceremonies.
Moore, who plays running back, said Friday was a day he will never forget.
“This probably is the greatest day of my life for right now,” Moore said. “It’s a surreal day. I didn’t even believe I was signing. I was so happy signing that I just signed the first line of my intent letter and didn’t finish signing the whole paper. It’s a very special day. I’ll remember it forever.”
Houma Christian head football coach and athletic director Chuck Battaglia said Methodist University is getting a great young football player in Moore, who graduated with a 3.2 GPA at Houma Christian. Moore plans to major in sports management at Methodist.
“I was very excited to see T.J. have an opportunity to go play in college,” Battaglia said. “It’s been a lifelong dream for him. I know he’s looking forward to moving on. He’s a great student. They are getting a quality kid with high character. He’s a hard worker.”
Moore, who is listed at 5-foot-7, 175-pounds, is coming off a senior season at Houma Christian where he made the All-District 8-1A team. He rushed for nearly 600 yards with two scores for the Warriors.
Moore said he chose Methodist University because he had a great relationship with their coaches. He also wanted to experience another part of the country, and he believes Methodist University’s power run game will make the most of his talents.
“It’s a dream come true to be playing Division III football after my high school career, so I really find that as a blessing,” Moore said. “I talked with Loras College in Iowa, but I fell in love with Methodist.”
Moore said he expects to play early as a freshman and possibly even start soon. Methodist had a 3-6 overall record last season under coach Keven Williams. Moore said he sent his senior season highlights to Methodist University’s coaches, which started the recruiting process with the school.
“I’ll have an opportunity to play and possibly start,” Moore said. “I don’t know how fast I’ll be able to make the transition, but over the summer, I’ll get my body right. I’ll be ready for whatever they have in store for me at Methodist University.”
Battaglia said Moore has the potential to shine at Methodist University.
“They are going to be getting a hard working guy that’s going to give it his all over there,” Battaglia said. “I’ve had an opportunity to watch him grow the last couple of years. This year he has…