One of the most electrifying players in all of college football will not step foot on the gridiron this fall.
Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore announced on Twitter Thursday evening that he will not play college football this fall. Instead, the Louisville Trinity High School product will focus on preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Farewell ? pic.twitter.com/4LioRRoOEM
— Rondale Moore (@moore_rondale) August 6, 2020
An All-American for the undefeated Kentucky 6A State Champions in 2017, he signed to play for fellow Trinity alumnus Jeff Brohm out of high school. Moore made SportsCenter highlights immediately.
In his first game at Purdue he broke the school record for all-purpose yards (313) in front of a nationally-televised audience. By the season’s end he became just the third player in Big Ten history to catch more than 100 passes in a season, recording 1,258 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. A running back of sorts and a returner, the 2018 Paul Hornung Award Winner became the first true freshman consensus First Team All-American in Big Ten history.
The phenomenal freshman did not follow it up with a sensational sophomore season. He racked up 220 receiving yards against Vanderbilt before a leg injury sidelined him for all but four games of the 2019 season. Even without extensive tape from last season, entering 2020 Moore was a Second Team All-American according to Phil Steele.
Purdue plays Michigan and Ohio State in the first three weeks of the 2020 season. Those games aren’t getting any easier without Rondale.