Oklahoma City (Okla.) Marshall High offensive lineman Tramonda Moore wasn’t a national prospect early in the summer. He became one with great camp efforts, including one in Tuscaloosa that resulted in a scholarship offer.
“It was a blessing to go out there and show them what I can do in person,” he said. “They liked the way I worked, especially the offensive line coach (Mario Cristobal) during one-on-ones, then coach (Nick) Saban offered me in his office. It was exciting for my family and friends back home. It kind of took off from there with schools calling me and trying to get me to come visit.
“I was getting interest from a lot of schools I watched on national TV growing up, Florida State, Alabama, OU (Oklahoma), OSU (Oklahoma State). It’s a blessing to have my choice of those schools. I thank God every day.”
Moore, who plays on both sides of the ball at Marshall High School, is in no rush to end the recruiting process as his hot streak has seen programs like Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Miami and many others offer in addition to Alabama late this summer.
“Coaches always tell me I’m physical at the point of attack,” he said. “They like how I move around on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive side of the ball. At 6-5, 350, I can play whatever the team needs. But being physical and finishing blocks is what I’m strong at. I prefer offense a little more, a lot of colleges say they can use me on defense...but most of my offers are to play offensive tackle. I’ll play either or, whatever the team needs.”
Saturday, he was in Arlington, Texas in order to see one of the schools high on his list face Wisconsin to open the 2015 season. It was his first time seeing Alabama in game action and he reported plenty of observations.
“Derrick Henry,” he said with a laugh. “Just to see him play in person and to see Alabama blow them out, with the game style of pounding the ball, was exciting. Especially in Jerry World (AT&T Stadium), it was loud and exciting. A lot of people came up to me, and there were a lot of top prospects there, but Alabama fans showed love and wanted to take pictures.
“And Alabama blowing them out was pretty exciting, too, I thought it was going to be a little closer than that.”
UA fans and recruits alike made it a point to speak to Moore while he was on hand.
“It matters, because it’s exciting. It’s like a boost. It’s pretty exciting for any player to hear that while walking around,” he said. “I hear it a lot in Oklahoma because I’m from here, but to go down to Texas and see Alabama fans who know who I am, and tell me to come to Alabama because it will be the best, was crazy. I loved it.
“A lot of Alabama commits were there, they were all very nice and all very cool. They were saying, ‘there’s nothing else but Alabama. 15 national championships, I don’t know how many SEC championships.’ They were talking about that and saying it can’t get better than Alabama. When I was down there I saw how tough it is athletically and academically, they make sure their kids are doing great with tutors and getting their degree. Nick Saban makes sure you get it done, I love that about Alabama.”
Among the group of uncommitted talents was the nation's No. 1 offensive lineman Greg Little, who briefly caught up with the emerging star recruit.
“Alabama is one of his schools in the running, but we were just having fun and enjoying the game,” Moore said. “We didn’t talk a lot about where we were going but we both said we liked Alabama. We both don’t have set school yet, we’re waiting on it. It was pretty cool.
“Seeing that Wisconsin blowout was like, man, Alabama is the real deal, nothing to joke around with. For the fans to drive to Texas to pack out Jerry World showed they were loyal, it was amazing.”
Seeking a good relationship with coaches, favorable depth chart and a thriving campus life, there is no current timetable for a decision. However, Alabama, along with Florida State and Arizona State, will host one of America’s top emergers for an official visit this fall.
“I’m definitely taking one out there to Alabama,” Moore said. “I have Florida State in the back of my mind. Arizona State, too. Those are the three I have in my head that I’ll get at. Definitely have to go look at the campus, game day, see how they work.”