The Missouri Tigers signed three high school tailbacks last week, but they'll be down one veteran when spring practices begin next month. Gilbert Moye, once a heralded recruit from Diboll, Texas, has left the team and will pursue a transfer, a source close to Moye has confirmed. The former prep quarterback-turned-safety-turned tailback hopes to transfer to a program in the Southwestern Athletic Conference or Southland Conference, possibly somewhere he can play quarterback. Moye plans to finish out the semester at MU before transferring. He would have been a redshirt junior this season.
Moye was unavailable for comment.
When he came to Columbia in 2007, Moye was considered one of the stars of MU's recruiting class, a four-star prospect ranked the country's No. 30 athlete by Rivals.com. A quarterback at Diboll, Texas, High School, where he transferred from Jasper, Texas, after Hurricane Rita leveled parts of East Texas. Moye began his MU career at safety and redshirted his first season.
Moye's playing time in 2008 was minimal, spent mostly on the kickoff return team. That prompted his move to tailback in 2009. As MU's No. 4 tailback last season, Moye carried the ball just six times for 35 yards, all of which came against Furman on Sept. 19.
Moye's departure leaves the Tigers with three scholarship tailbacks this spring: senior Derrick Washington, junior De'Vion Moore and sophomore Kendial Lawrence. Three more are expected to join the team this summer after signing letters of intent last week: Henry Josey of Angelton, Texas; Marcus Murphy of DeSoto, Texas; and Greg White of De Queen, Ark.