The once-crowded quarterback derby at Guyer heading into the 2014 season suddenly is much clearer.
Shawn Robinson, who started as a freshman for Saginaw Chisholm Trail last season, won Guyer’s starting job in spring practice, while backup David Haynes moved to wide receiver.
That left Prosper move-in David Moore as Robinson’s backup after the three-way battle concluded.
Those plans changed in a hurry Monday when Moore headed back to Prosper.
“It wasn’t really my decision,” said Moore, who started the regular-season finale for Prosper as a sophomore, going 8-for-9 for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns. “It was more for my mom and her personal reasons. She wanted to go back and I just said, ‘all right.’”
Guyer head coach John Walsh said the decision was made due to some family health concerns.
“David and his family are moving back to Prosper due to some family health issues,” Walsh said. “David worked hard during his time at Guyer, and we wish him well.”
Moore, who is ranked among the top class of 2016 quarterbacks in Texas by The Old Coach’s Friday Night Football magazine, should be a favorite to slide into the starting position at Prosper in the fall after his exclamation point to an otherwise disappointing season for the Eagles.
Moore said he hopes to take some of what he learned in his five months at Guyer, including an impressive performance in the Wildcats’ spring game, back to Prosper with him.
Walsh has a history of developing top quarterbacks, sending his son, J.W. Walsh, to Oklahoma State and tutoring Texas’ Jerrod Heard, one of the top players in the state last season.
Guyer, the two-time Class 4A Division I state champion, will make the move to Class 6A this season with Robinson in line to lead the way after Moore returned to Prosper.
“I loved Guyer,” Moore said. “It really taught me how to work hard and gave me a winner’s perspective and winner’s attitude, and I’m going to take that back to Prosper with me. We had a rough season [in 2013] and they’ll be looking to me to lead them. I really appreciate everything that’s happened to me at Guyer. I wouldn’t be where I am without [quarterbacks coach Lee Vallejo] and [Walsh]. I’m in debt to them.”
Moore, who’s listed at 6-2 and 175 pounds, arrived at Guyer when the spring semester began in January and was quickly followed by Kevin Dillman, a move-in from California who has committed to Nebraska. Months later, they were joined by Robinson, a young phenom in the Heard mold.
“It wasn’t frustrating at all,” Moore said of the ever-increasing quarterback competition. “I’ve always loved competition and having something to aspire toward. When I got there I was trying to be at [Heard’s] level. Once Kevin came in, it kind of gave me a perspective of where I was as a quarterback because he’s one of the best in nation. It made me feel like I can keep up with any quarterback that came.
“Once Shawn came in, he kind of gravitated toward the top spot. It was a great competition. I enjoyed every minute of it. It really showed me where I was as a quarterback and confirmed that I can do what I think I can.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.