Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome High School had high hopes of repeating as 2A state champions, but the previously unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Centurions were upset last Friday by Batesburg-Leesville in the second round of the playoffs. Coach Quay Farr's team finished the 2005 season 11-1.
On Tuesday, their football season ended, two players from the powerful Broome squad gave verbal commitments to play college football at Vanderbilt. D.J. Moore, a 5-10, 185-pound all-purpose athlete, and Teriall Brannon, a 6-4, 223-pound tight end / defensive end, informed the Commodore coaching staff of their decision, said Coach Farr.
Both were recruited by quarterbacks coach Jimmy Kiser.
Moore, whom Farr calls "one of the best athletes I've ever seen come out of South Carolina," has been a bona fide all-purpose superstar this season for the Centurions, playing wide receiver, cornerback and kick return specialist. In a recent playoff game, Moore had 8 pass receptions for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns as a receiver-- an interception from the cornerback position-- and an 82-yard kickoff return for another touchdown.
"He's a difference maker," Farr said. "He has a chance to score every time he touches the ball."
Moore will represent Broome in the Shrine Bowl in December, the annual showdown between All-Stars from South Carolina and North Carolina. In the 2004-05 school year, his junior year, he led Broome to three team state championships, in football, basketball and track. In basketball he was named All-State at point guard for the 2004-05 season; in track and field he is the reigning 2A individual state champion in the high jump, registering a 6-foot-6 jump last spring in the state meet.
Brannon (right) is a tight end who specializes in both pass-catching and blocking for the Centurions, as well as a defensive end who specializes in getting to the quarterback.
Brannon, whose twin brother Jeriall plays tailback for the Centurion football squad, also played on Broome's state champion basketball and track teams last year.
Moore and Brannon are the ninth and tenth players to publicly commit to Vanderbilt for the class of 2005-06. Verbal commitments are not binding. National signing day is Feb. 1. Click here for a complete list of Vandy's commitments.