Bowling for BYU

Michael Moore is putting the bright lights of Hollywood behind him and leaving the fast southern California pace to bring his act to Utah's Happy Valley. No not THAT Michael Moore. This Michael Moore will actually be welcomed by the masses in Provo.

BYU received a verbal commitment from Moreno Valley, California's Michael Moore today. While many schools were showing interest in the 6'2", 200-pound recruit, Moore decided that BYU was the best option for him as he prepares for his final senior campaign at Canyon Springs High School.

"I kind of knew I was going to commit to BYU for a while now," said Moore. "Ever since I went up there for the one day camp I knew it was the place for me. It's just a perfect fit and it felt right while I was up there. I just felt that I should commit since it felt so right."

Moore was receiving a lot of interest from just about every Pac-10 school along with Texas, Miami, Utah, Utah State and some others. "I haven't received any offers other than the one from BYU," said Moore, "but they've all been calling and most of them have come out to see me play."

Moore was primarily recruited by cornerbacks coach Patrick Higgins and cites Higgins as one of the primary reasons he committed to sign a letter of intent with BYU this coming February. "Coach Mitchell just made me feel so comfortable," said Moore. "I really built a good rapport with him through phone calls, e-mails and other stuff. He's a great guy."

Moore also liked all the other coaches, especially head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Coach Mendenhall is like a coach I'm playing for now," said Moore. "He's very straight-forward and I felt very comfortable with him. I felt we were on the same page and everything."

Moore is a speedster and not just recruiting hype speed, hand timed by an assistant high school coach. Moore ran a 4.39 electronically timed forty at the USC NIKE camp along with a 4.10 shuttle and a 38" vertical with his relatively large 200 pound frame. He also runs track recording a 100 meter time of 10.62.

"I feel I'm as fast as anyone on the football field," said Moore. "I have good speed and can keep up with anyone I go against."

Moore will play as both an outside linebacker and a running back for Canyon Springs this fall. Interestingly, that's he not even sure what position he will play for the Cougars. "It doesn't matter to me," said Moore. "I love to run the ball and score, but I really like to hit on defense as well. It seems as if BYU is talking to me most about playing defense and that's fine with me."

Moore is LDS, but doesn't have mission plans at the current time, "You never know for sure," he said. "I'm just going to go up there and play as fast as possible and see what happens."

Moore feels that BYU is a perfect fit for him. He told TBS that he did not need other offers to come in. Said Moore: "Just being on campus sealed the deal for me. I'm Mormon, so the atmosphere felt right. The facilities, the coaching staff, the students and just everything couldn't have felt more right and that's why I committed."

Moore is confident that BYU is headed in the right direction and that is why he chose to commit this early. "Coach Mendenhall knows what he's doing and I know that I'll be part of a successful program playing for him," said Moore. "I'm just excited to finish my senior year and go up there."


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