He owes a lot of what he has been able to do now to his parents and grandparents who have worked hard to make a better life for him and themselves as well.
His grandmother passed away in 2011. She was the first person to see his potential on the football field and convinced his parents to sign him up to play.
The challenges he faced along the way in his football journey were being diagnosed with hearing loss in both ears in first grade and dyslexia his sophomore year at Killeen High School. These were huge adjustments for him.
The Racine, Wisconsin native moved to Killeen, Texas his seventh-grade year and said the area means a lot to him because football players from there are underestimated and it was the place he fell in love with the sport.
Demariontae Moore has aspirations to be a high school football coach one day. He plans on majoring in sports medicine and is already laying a foundation.
“Outside of my actual football team, I coach a 12U football team, volunteer with Special Olympics, and help out with the team’s organization.”
He currently has no scholarship offers but is highly interested in Berry College, Bethel University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Concordia University, and Sul Ross State University.
“I can bring effort and I’m a hard worker on the field and classroom you will never see me stopping on a play,” Moore said on what he can bring to a university.
On film, Demariontae Moore is fast and quick running inside and outside the tackles. As soon as he gets the ball in his hands he has the ability to make a big play. He also does well catching the football out of the backfield.
“Tae, they like his versatility at running back. He’s not the biggest back but he’s shifty, the way he carries [the football], the way he blocks,” Killeen Kangaroos Head Coach Neil Searcy said. “He’s not just a running back, he blocks well in the backfield, catches the ball out of the backfield and when he has the ball in his hands he’s electric. They like his big play capabilities.”
He believes the best parts of his game are his ability to run in between the tackles, his vision and football IQ. His speed and flexibility are things that still need work.
“The two players I try to model my game after are Tarik Cohen from the Chicago bears and Alvin Kamara from the New Orleans Saints. I like both of the backs versatility [with] how they can catch the ball and how they run in open space,” Moore said.
In his last season with the Killeen Kangaroos, Moore wants to win the district and city championships.
“I will miss the bond I have with all my brothers through the good and the bad times. I want to leave Killeen with the impression that I was a hard worker and never gave up on my team or the coaches.”
Featured Image Credit: Dennis Knowlton / Killeen Daily Herald