Iowa Eight football: Waterloo West QB Devon Moore
School: Waterloo West
Weight: 215 pounds
Key stats: The athletic lefty has shown his dual-threat ability in almost two years as the varsity starter, passing for 2,767 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushing for 639 yards and 18 more scores. A broken left leg suffered in Week 7 ended his junior campaign early, and the Wahawks went from a .500 team to 3-6 for the second straight season.
Moore’s completion percentage improved to 60.5 in 2015, and he cut down on turnovers as he matured in his dad’s offense. He’ll have to make even more decisions with more touches this season.
“It’s going to be in his hands, especially with some new run-pass options and quarterback freedom plays, which will allow him to get up to the line and make his own decision,” Devon’s father and Waterloo West coach Lonnie Moore said.
“This is his third year in the offense, but he’s been around this program since sixth grade. He knows what we’re doing, in-and-out.”
And likely his most vital stat is intangible; Moore says he’s healed and felt full-speed for around four weeks.
Why he’s one of the Iowa Eight
The story of a coach’s son at quarterback is well-told, but rarely do they come in such gifted packages as Moore. His playmaking ability made Waterloo West a fringe playoff team in Class 4A last season until the injury, and his sheer athleticism should overwhelm most prep defenders.
“I’ve been around our offense since I was really young and I know it like the back of my hand,” Moore said. “When coaches aren’t around or if I’m in the huddle, I can fix the little things. I’m comfortable taking the leadership role.”
The Cam Newton fan finished 26th in total yards in 4A last season. That might not sound like much, until you consider he missed 2 1/2 games and was playing for a squad that has made the playoffs twice in the last 25 years.
A consensus three-star recruit, Moore is the 55th-ranked quarterback in the country according to Scout.com and spent time over the summer at Nike’s Opening Regional and Elite 11 camp in Chicago.
Moore was considering Toledo until coach Matt Campbell left. Last year’s coaching change in Ames made Moore Campbell’s first Iowa State commit, as his offer came closer to home. Toledo and Illinois State were his only offers, but he had a smattering of Big Ten interest until he gave the Cyclones his word in December. He says he remains “strong” with his verbal commitment.
It’s easy to be enamored by his upside, which should shine when he’s surrounded by equal or greater talents.
“He can still be more consistent,” Scout’s Midwest recruiting analyst Allen Trieu wrote in May, “but his size and natural arm talent can’t be taught, and he has a lot of tools for Matt Campbell and his staff to develop.”
“He’s been throwing the same routes to the same guys and watching film since right around seventh grade. He was really eager to learn, so when I’d be at home watching film, he’d be right next to me asking questions. ‘What’s the read on that? Why’d you do it that way?’ We need him to be a coach on the field for us.” — Devon’s father and Waterloo West head coach Lonnie Moore
Other Iowa Eight selections
- Oliver Martin, Iowa City West wide reciever
- Tristan Wirfs, Mount Vernon offensive/defensive lineman
- Jake Hummel, Dowling Catholic linebacker
- Zach Dykstra, Spirit Lake offensive/defensive lineman
- Rocky Lombardi, W.D.M. Valley quarterback
- Mark Kallenberger, Bettendorf offensive lineman
About the series
The Iowa Eight is the Register's preseason list of the eight best football players in the state of Iowa, weighing past performance and their projected future. Incoming freshmen through seniors are eligible. The team is selected based on Register staff observations and consultation with high school and college contacts. The Register will have additional Iowa Eight lists for key boys' and girls' sports throughout the year.