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.
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