The influx of commitments to the Arkansas Razorback baseball program is reaching a fever pitch in the month of July.
Van Buren right-handed pitcher Brandon Moore became the latest to jump on the bandwagon over the weekend by committing to the Razorbacks, marking the fourth verbal commitment in 12 days.
"I've grown up in Arkansas my whole life and I love the school," said Moore, the Razorbacks' sixth commit of the 2010 class. "I know the coaches because I've been going to the camps since I was 12-years-old. They came up with an offer I really liked and I took it."
Moore chose Arkansas over offers from TCU and Oklahoma after an impressive summer with the Midwest Nationals out of Springfield, Mo. There Moore teamed with 2009 Arkansas signee Franco Broyles on a team with notable alums such as former Razorback pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
For the Nationals Moore went 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA, recording four complete games and three shutouts.
"It was great. At the start of the summer I came in throwing 86 to 88 and then my last outing in Joplin I was at 90 to 92 mph," Moore said. "The pitching coach did an awesome job working on my mechanics and that's not to mention the fun I had; it was a blast.
"I think it helped me a lot. In high school you face two to three good players on a team, but the teams we played up there one through nine could hit real well and everybody was solid."
As a junior at Van Buren Moore went 6-4 with a 1.70 ERA for the Pointers in Arkansas' highest classification. He struck out 71 batters in 61.2 innings pitched and opponents' batting average was .193.
Moore is the third in-state commit in the class of 2010, joining Springdale Har-Ber center fielder/pitcher Houston Pruitt and Forrest City pitcher Barrett Astin. He pitched with Pruitt at the Xtra innings Classic in Jonesboro last summer and will be teaming up with Astin for the Chicago White Sox at the Area Code Games next week in California.
"I'm not really sure what to expect," Moore said, "but I'm looking forward to the experience being able to play with all the great players in front of all the pro scouts and college coaches."
There Moore hopes to continue to develop his fastball and his secondary pitch – a curveball.
At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Moore said his frame allows him to pitch with more power.
"I have some pretty strong legs and I like to use those," Moore said. "I still haven't reached my full potential out of my legs and I'm not using them as much as I'd like. Hopefully this next season and by next summer I've learned how so I can do it once I get to Fayetteville as a freshman."
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