Moore's recruitment continues

Moore's recruitment continues

Skai Moore expected to make his college decision last summer, but then some new schools came into the picture. He then planned to make a decision during his season, once again, new schools came into the picture. The University School (Fort Lauderdale, FL) linebacker then committed to Rutgers in December, only to back off in January after advice from his family. Now, he has a new top five.

Rutgers and Vanderbilt are the two main schools that have been in the picture throughout the recruitment of Skai Moore. South Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee are new additions to the picture, but now carry just as much weight. Moore said his decision to decommit from Rutgers came was more of a family decision.

"I was talking to my family and we felt it was best for me to open my recruitment back up and explore more of my options, to check out South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Tennessee. I felt that it was best for my future to make sure that I make the right decision."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker took an official visit to South Carolina last weekend and came away quite impressed.

"It was great, I really got to see what the coaches and players are like and spend time with them one-on-one and stuff like that. I saw Williams-Brice Stadium, it was amazing. The facilities were great," he said.

Moore said he had some really encouraging conversations with the South Carolina coaches that left him feeling excited about his potential with the program.

"I mainly talked to coach linebacker coach (Kirk Botkin) and Coach Grady Brown, the defensive backs coach, and they were basically telling me they have a huge need for linebackers where they are right now and I'd definitely be able to come in and make an early impact. If I do what I'm supposed to do and learn the playbook, I have a really good chance of starting against North Carolina the first game of the season," Moore said.

"That was something that really interests me and I'm pretty excited."

Moore has a close bond with his University School team and he's been saying all along he's looking for another family-like atmosphere like he has in high school. South Carolina cornerback Ahmad Christian was Moore's host on the visit and Moore said Christian helped him see that the Gamecocks can provide that family.

"He was telling me that he was really looking for the same thing as well, a family atmosphere," Moore said.

"I got a good feel from those guys."

Other official visits are likely for Moore but nothing is officially on the calendar yet. It looks like he'll visit Rutgers this weekend, on January 25th, but still that could change.

"I'm not one-hundred percent sure, but I might end up taking one more visit to either Tennessee, Arkansas, or Rutgers, one of those," he said.

Another interesting note is Moore's teammate, wide receiver Jordan Cunningham, has also been taking a hard look at Vanderbilt lately, and Moore said the two may decide to play there together.

"We've talked about it recently, we think it would be great for both of us to go into that program, we feel like we might be able to go in and turn it around, kind of like Stanford is right now, to a program that we can excel both academically and athletically," he said.

So what's next for Moore? He's not even completely sure. He'll continue to take it one day at a time and make his decision when he feels ready.

"All the schools that I've narrowed it down to are great schools, it's just going to come down to where I feel the most comfortable," he said.

Stay tuned to FOX Sports NEXT for the latest in Skai Moore's recruitment.

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