So Fairfield Prep’s John Moten is now starring halfway across the country

He looks familiar: Former Fairfield Prep back John Moten is now wearing the blue of the John Burroughs Bombers in St. Louis. (Photo Andrew Jansen, STLhighschoolsports.com)

HE LOOKS FAMILIAR: Former Fairfield Prep back John Moten is now wearing the blue and gold of the John Burroughs Bombers in St. Louis. (Photo Andrew Jansen, STLhighschoolsports.com)

First practices are still more than a day away, but we already have ourselves the first big transfer news of 2013:

John Moten, who as a sophomore in 2012 thrilled Fairfield Prep fans with glimpses of a glorious future, has transferred halfway across the country.

Moten is now at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis and is already running drills with his new team, which began practice on Monday.

Burroughs was 13-1 and runner-up in the Class 3 state championship game year ago. But it lost its coach — former Washington Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte (remember him?) — and its best tailback Ezekiel Elliott, now at Ohio State (yes, the).

New Burroughs coach John Merritt seems pretty confident the Bombers will be just fine with Moten in the backfield.

“We think he’s going to be a pretty special player,” Merritt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Nate Latsch Monday.

Fairfield Prep fans would sadly concur.

As a 6-foot, 173-pound sophomore, Moten rushed for 509 yards, averaging 7.5 yards per carry, and 12 touchdowns in the rugged SCC. He was a big part of the Jesuits’ 6-4 season.

Read more: New transfer Moten looks to do big things for John Burroughs

If you want the knife twisted in a bit further, watch Moten’s 2012 Fairfield Prep highlight reel below.

This is the second time in three years that Fairfield Prep has lost its top tailback from the previous season. Joe McBride, who led the 2010 team, stopped playing football after tearing his ACL midway through 2011. Moten eventually took over as the primary back from McBride’s replacement, Dillon Ryan.

Sean Patrick Bowley