Ronnie Moore said his first plane ride 'felt like I had no stomach and I was deaf'

Sanford Seminole athlete-extraordinaire Ronnie Moore is off on his first official visit today — as well as his first airplane ride — and his trip to Bowling Green University is the first of three straight weekends of visits to the state of Ohio.

Moore will also trip to Cincinnati next week and then Akron the following week. He could pick up another trip in between now and his decision day, which is National Signing Day (Feb. 6).

He texted after the flight to Detroit's Metropolitan Wayne County Airport that he was very nervous before his first flight.

"I have never been on a plane before. I was nervous because I watch a lot of action movies with planes and in every movie they crash, so I was trying not to think about the movies," he wrote. "It was good for it to be my first flight. I felt like I had no stomach and I was deaf."

Back on the ground, Moore said on Thursday that he'll be looking to get a feel for the people and the surroundings during his vists.

"I want to see how the coaches are and how the town is and the facilities ... all that stuff," said Moore, who had an impressive senior year after bouncing back from a torn gluteous maximus injury that cost him most of his junior year.

He was supposed to visit Cincinnati in December, but on the day he was to leave, Bearcats head coach Butch Johnson stepped down to take the same position with Tennessee, so his trip was canceled.

During this past season, Moore ran for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns while being used mostly as a running back and also a quarterback in Wildcat schemes. He also passed the ball for 332 yards on 21-of-32 passing, he was used as a receiver at times and had 484 receiving yards and four touchdown catches. Moore was also Seminole's main kick returner and had 371 return yards. 

That was just on offense.

Defensively, he had eight interceptions, including three in one game, and returned two of them for touchdowns. 

With all of this, one might figure Moore to have a few more offers than what he currently has, which are from the three schools he is visiting, as well as FCS scholls Florida A&M, Georgia Southern and Tennessee-Chattanooga, which is where his older brother Ron Moore Jr. is currently a sophomore for the Mocs.

"I should have more offers," Moore acknowledged, "but my junior year really messed me up when I got injured. I'm not really worried about it though."

He certainly did plenty during his senior season to make up for his lack of playing time as a junior. Moore was a key reason why the Seminoles were able to bounce back from a 3-7 record to making the playoffs this past season. Seminole even won a first-round game against DeLand during a four-game winning streak and finished with a 7-5 record.

Moore was honored by being chosen the Orlando Touchdown Club's 2012 Offensive Player of the Year and to top that off, he also won the Most Valuable Player award in the Central Florida All-Star Game in December and also played in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game.

Following the North-South game, Moore final high school appearance, he summed up his high school career, especially his senior season.

"I feel like I accomplished a lot of things and proved a lot of people wrong, he said. 

The MVP award at the Central Florida All-Star Game was a nice way to cap his career. He had two interceptions in that game, returning one for a touchdown.

"Yeah that was crazy," Moore said. "My dad was pretty proud of me ... I just play football and that's what I love, so I take it to heart." 

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.

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