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NUC Freshman Standout Player - Harrison Moon

Courtesy: Mike Coppinger / National Underclassmen Football Combine
          Release: January 31, 2012
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Though he is just a freshman, Harrison Moon already has two schools looking at him.

The 6-4.5, 227 pound tight end from Signal Mountain in the suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee is already on the radar of recruiters - namely University of Tennessee and Wofford College -- with his sound routes and soft hands.

"I've got pretty good hands, I'm a pretty good blocker," said Moon, 14. "I'm a hard worker, I work my butt off and I try to make myself the best player on the field."

Playing in football-crazed Tennessee, some freshmen may be nervous by playing on Friday nights, but not Moon, who relishes the opportunity.

"The whole community is involved with it," said Moon. "It's a pretty big deal. Most of the people are at the games."

Scholastics are also highly important to Moon, who sports a 3.9 GPA.

"Classroom is a big part," said Moon, who hopes to improve his exposure at the NUC Five Star Showcase in April. "If you want to play college ball you need the grades."

There are many higher-profile tight ends in the NFL - Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates spring to mind - but Moon models himself after a less flashy player in Indianapolis Colts end Dallas Clark.

"I'm close to his size," said Moon, who registered a 25-inch vertical at the NUC events. "He's just an overall good tight end, good at catching and good as a blocker."

Moon hopes to improve his speed the offseason and plans to do a lot of stretching to improve flexibility.

The young tight end competed in a myriad of NUC events in 2011, performing well in Nashville and moving on to invite only camps. He earned a spot at the Southeast U100 and then was invited to the Top Prospect Camp at the University of Oklahoma.

"It was great, I just like seeing how I compare to some of the best players in the nation," said Moon. "My team won the 7 on 7 and it was just a great experience."

Playing in a run-oriented offense, Moon recorded just seven catches for 105 yards and one TD, but is certain he will fare better in 2012 and build upon his freshman campaign.

"Next year will be a good year for me," Moon declared. "Our two main receivers graduated, they were All-State receivers so I'm hoping to fill their spot and be a main part of the offense.

"I'm going to make it happen on the field and catch as many as I can, make good blocks and play football."

Moon's frustrating season was further diminished when his team was forced to vacate seven wins due to an ineligible player on the roster. The penalty brought the team from 8-2 down to 3-7.

"It was pretty frustrating," said Moon. "I think we had a championship caliber team, we won the state in 2a in 2010."

In 2012, Moon is ready for a fresh start.

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