Moore Discusses Chizik Hire

Offensive line commitment Aaron Moore from Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, is familiar with the new Auburn head coach from his time as Texas defensive coordinator.

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn had several summer campers make an early commitment before any other traditional football powerhouses got into the picture. Throughout the season that remained the case until it was announced that Tommy Tuberville would not be the coach for the 2009 season.

Many of the summertime commitments have since drawn interest from other schools, and offensive lineman Aaron Moore is one of those. Auburn was his first offer and he immediately committed.

"Purdue, Utah, Baylor and Colorado have offered," Moore says. "OSU (Oklahoma State) is interested, Georgia Tech is interested and Kentucky is interested."

Colorado was the latest to offer and try to take advantage of the uncertainty at Auburn.

"Jeff Grimes, the offensive line coach came by (the school) last week," Moore says of the offer from the Buffaloes.

Moore hasn't had any school come in for an in-home visit because he says he is firmly committed to Auburn. Moore hasn't spoken with new head coach Gene Chizik yet, but he has been in touch with Phillip Lolley, who has been on the road helping to recruit.

"Coach Lolley came by the school last Friday (Dec. 12) and they're going to honor the scholarship," Moore explains. "Everything is good to go and that's the last I heard."

Moore is up to 6-5, 260 and plans to major in Kinesiology Auburn. He says he chose Auburn for several reasons and is sold on the school regardless of the staff.

"I chose Auburn for a bunch of reasons," he notes. "Their tradition is a great point there, the history is great, the program, they're in the SEC, the education, it's just all-around a great school.

"I knew a little bit about Auburn before the camp," Moore adds. "When I did go I learned more. When I went for my official visit to the LSU game I realized what a great school it was. Honestly that SEC game was nothing like I've ever seen compared to these Big 12 games.

"I think (Chizik) is a good choice," Moore continues. "I think he's one of the best defensive coordinators. He can pick apart an offense in a heartbeat better than anybody than I've ever seen. Watching him at Texas when they won the national championship, I think he's a great choice. I'm behind Auburn in whatever decision they make. I know they're not going to make a bad decision and put the team in jeopardy. Whatever they decide, I'm behind them."

Moore played both sides of the ball at Centennial as a senior but figures to be an offensive lineman at the next level.

"To be honest, I love D-line," Moore says. "The thought of hitting that quarterback is just... I think D-line is much more fun, but as far as technique goes I think I have a lot better chance or a longer future as an offensive lineman. I think my technique is more improved on the offensive line. A scholarship is a scholarship and I'll take whatever."

At Chizik's press conference on Monday he described the offensive style of football he wanted to play as physical and dedicated to running the football.

"There's nothing I love more about the game of football than getting physical," Moore responds. "Being an offensive lineman, running the football is my favorite thing to do because that's your chance to put someone on his back and physically manhandle people. There is nothing better than that."


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