Chizik Visit Gives AU a Chance, 4-Star Says

Big lineman Brandon Moore talks about the impact of new Auburn coach Gene Chizik.

Montgomery, Ala.--For Carver lineman Brandon Moore, the Auburn Tigers were all but out of the picture as a possible college destination.

First the Tigers had a season to forget in 2008 then Tommy Tuberville's departure pushed the Tigers even farther down his list. However, a Thursday visit from new Tiger head coach Gene Chizik has changed all that Moore tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"He came by the school today," says. "At first I thought as a coach he was kind of shaky, but he explained to me why he left Auburn and went to Texas and why he left Texas and went to Iowa State, and then why he left Iowa State and went to Auburn.

"He told me when he was at Auburn they had one of the top five defenses in the country and then had the number one defense in the country," Moore adds. "Then he left and went to Texas and he was the assistant coach of the year and they won a national championship."

Because of Auburn's struggles and the coaching change the Tigers had fallen down Moore's list with schools such as Alabama, Florida, Miami, Tennessee and Clemson prominent on his radar, but he notes that Chizik's visit has put Auburn right back in play with him.

"At first they were a little shaky," Moore says. "Then they were real shaky. Then they were really shaky. Now they are back to ground level."

Auburn had some serious catching up to do after the last week says Moore. With the fan reaction to the hire and then negative comments from former basketball star Charles Barkley about AU's choice, Moore says he wasn't sure what to expect, but he likes what he sees from Chizik.

"They were showing a few people they might hire then that whole thing happened with Barkley," Moore says. "I talked to him on the phone on Wednesday and he said they were coming to the school today. He came to the school and it was crazy. People were taking pictures and stuff."

Brandon Moore

Currently 6-5, 315 pounds, the All-State performer says that right now he doesn't favor anyone and has several visits in mind.

"I'm going to Florida or Clemson on that Jan. 9 weekend," Moore says. "I'm going to Miami on Jan. 23. Auburn was talking to me about setting up a visit, but I'm not sure yet when that will be."

Moore was part of one of the best seasons in Carver football history this year as the Wolves went 13-1 before losing 45-41 to eventual 5A champ Vigor in a wild shootout in semi-finals.

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