Safety Prospect Finds Moore to Like About AU

Two-sport standout Jordan Moore talks about his weekend in Auburn for an official visit.

Lithonia, Ga.--Two-sport athlete Jordan Moore said he was impressed with the facilities and the people he met on his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

The safety from Martin Luther King High School, whose stock is really on the rise, said that of approximately 20 scholarship offers he has Auburn, TCU and North Carolina are at the top of his favorites list.

Commenting on his interest in the Tigers, Moore said, "I really liked the visit and I really enjoyed hanging out with the guys on the team. I didn't understand that a lot of the guys are freshmen and they have a great young team so in the years to come they are going to have some phenomenal seasons."

Moore's player host was freshman safety Erique Florence. "I really liked meeting him," the recruit said. "He is a great guy. He is hilarious. I feel like we formed a bond."

The highlight of the weekend for the safety was meeting head coach Gene Chizik.

"I am almost speechless when it comes to talking about Coach Chizik," he said. "He is a phenomenal guy. When you meet people at the top like Coach Chizik, a few of them have an arrogance about them, but not Coach Chizik.

"He seems like a very humble guy, a guy who works just as hard as he did the first day he was on the job as Auburn's head coach," Moore added. "That says a lot about him. My respect for him is the upmost and it will be that way whether I come ot Auburn or not."

The high school senior noted he was also impressed with Auburn's facilities, particularly Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Hutsell-Rosen Track and Field with the new track team fieldhouse.

The track team will definitely factor into the decision of Moore, who originally committed to LSU to run the hurdles before deciding he wanted to play football, too, after he had a big senior season after making the move late in the year from wide receiver to safety.

"I know some of the guys on the Auburn track team," he said. "Cameron Holt, the long jumper, is a friend of mine. The team was out of town at a meet, but I will get a chance to talk to Coach (Ralph) Spry though. They took me over to see the track facilities and they are beautiful. Everything at Auburn I saw was beautiful."

One of the prospects making a visit was Carrollton High two-sport star Jonathan Jones, who is committed to play cornerback at Auburn. The two have competed against each other in the hurdles for many years.

"John got me in the (national) championship last year so I have been working hard," Moore said. "He is a great athlete and a nice guy. We have been going at it since the sixth grade. Me and John hated each other for a long time. Now we have grown up and matured and become friends."

Moore is the two-time 110 hurdles state champion, but does not compete vs. Jones at the state meet because they are in different classifications. Moore is running the 55-meter hurdles this indoor season and has a time of 7.28, the fastest in the nation this season for a high school athlete.

Academics will also factor into the safety's decision. "I want to be a doctor when I am through with football," he said. "I met with the people in the biology department and in kinesiology because that is what I plan to earn my degree in and take it to the next level."

Formerly committed to LSU to run track, he is planning to visit TCU next week and may take another visit that following weekend, but added he may be done with recruiting by then. "I plan to pray on it and when I wake up the next day I think I will know where I want to go," he said.

Michigan State, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, East Carolina are some of the other colleges recruiting him. Moore said that he is impressed with TCU head football coach Gary Patterson, who made an in-home visit with him and that put the Horned Frogs in his top three.

Of his three finalists, Auburn is the closest college to home and he said that is a plus for the Tigers.

Moore missed his junior football season with a broken bone in his wrist, but was full speed for his senior year as a wide receiver until suffering a high ankle sprain. He returned for the final four games as a safety and showed a real knack for the position even though he had not played it previously.

After performing so well on defense his coaches sent out his highlight tapes to a variety of colleges and the scholarship offers have been coming in since his team finished the year with a 12-1 record.

"I really like defense and that is where I want to play in college," he said, noting that there is a real possibility it could be in the SEC playing for the Auburn Tigers.

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