Moore Discusses Auburn Visit

Brandon Moore talks about his official visit to Auburn and gives an update on where the Tigers stand in the picture.

Montgomery, Ala.—Carver-Montgomery lineman Brandon Moore was favoring Alabama and Florida with Auburn a distance third prior to his official visit to the Plains over the weekend.

Asked if his official to Auburn was enough to change the situation, Moore responded, "Yeah, you could say that. A little bit, yeah. It did, because my parents liked it. If my parents are comfortable then I'm comfortable, and everybody's comfortable.

"It was all right," he adds of the visit. "At first Auburn was a little shaky, but then I got to talk to them–Coach (Gene) Chizik, Coach (Tracy) Rocker and all of them. They left a little bit of pressure on me and my parents."

Moore took an official visit to Florida last weekend and may take an official to Tuscaloosa next weekend. He had originally planned on making an announcement on Jan. 22, but isn't sure if that will happen.

"That's up to my parents," Moore states. "We're going to talk about it. I'll let everybody know."

While Moore admits that Auburn gained ground with the official visit, he was hesitant to say if the Tigers moved up to the same level as the Crimson Tide and Gators.

"Through the whole process I've never really ranked anybody," Moore explains. "I don't know. I'm not a ranking-type person. Everybody is above water, I'll tell you that much.

"Those three schools haven't sunken," he continues. "They still have their head over the water.

"You really can't compare Alabama and Florida, them two, to Auburn. They're rebuilding. They don't even have their whole coaching staff. I really can't tell you and I really can't get comfortable with people that don't have their whole coaching staff."

Moore was an all-state selection at offensive tackle this season for a Carver team that had an undefeated regular season, but has let it be known to college recruiters that he wants to play on the other side of the ball at the college level.

"(Auburn is) recruiting me for defense, but I still think in the back of my head that they like me on offense too," he says. "I played offense for my high school, but I'd rather not play offense. I'm not a big fan of it.

"I know Alabama wants me for defense and Florida does too," Moore continues, "but if it doesn't work I'd have another chance. That's a plus on my side."

Moore visited Auburn during a summer camp prior to his senior season and toured the facilities at that time. He also visited for games against LSU and Tennessee.

"They showed me the new facilities (locker rooms)," Moore says of his official. "When I came down last time all of that stuff was being built. Everything is done and it's all neat.

"Antonio Coleman was my host and he took me out to a couple of players and we had a little fun," Moore adds. "He showed me how college life was. He could have easily left and gone pro, but he decided to stay another year. For somebody like him to stay another year that's important."

Moore spent a couple of hours on Sunday talking with Chizik before returning home to Montgomery.

"I was talking to him, his wife, my mom, my dad and my sister was in there too," Moore says. "We were talking about recruiting but at the same time we stopped talking about that and talked about life–about me making a good decision and when I should do it, helping me out and stuff I needed to know about recruiting."


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