A.J. Moore Commits

BYU received an oral commitment from A.J. Moore on Wednesday. Moore is a 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound running back prospect that fell in love with BYU during his experience at summer camp last year. Subsequently, when BYU came calling and extended a scholarship offer, he was quick to act on it and informed coaches within a week that he was ready to commit.

"I love BYU," simply stated A.J. Moore. "I was there at their camp last summer and fell in love with the place. I love everything about it, the atmosphere, the coaches, everything. I decided after that camp that if BYU offered I'd probably commit."

Moore played running back for Murrieta Valley High School in Southern California. He rushed for 1,060 yards and an average of just more than seven yards per carry, and had 590 receiving yards. Moore also logged time playing defensive back for his high school team.

"I can play defense too but Coach Weber, who recruited me, said that he'll make sure I stay on offense," said Moore, who claims a 4.5 forty. "I could play defense, but I really like offense and would love to play running back while at BYU."

Moore is LDS and has definite plans to serve a mission, which he'll likely do after spending a year in the program. He also has family already in Utah, and these factors helped him feel that BYU was the best decision for him.

"I've been hearing a lot from Fresno State, Utah, San Diego State and Boise State and they may have offered had I waited, but I didn't need to wait," said Moore. "I love BYU, I always have. My family also loves BYU and my grandparents really wanted me to go there and play there, so they played a big part in my decision."

Moore will also have plenty of friends in the program when he arrives, as former teammates Chad Hansen and Skylar Ridley will be part of the team. Hansen recently returned from a mission and is enrolled at BYU, having decided to play for BYU after being heavily recruited by Boise State out of high school. Ridley, meanwhile, is still currently on his mission.

Moore was named as the top running back at BYU's non-padded camp and Cougar coaches have been heavily recruiting him ever since.

"I've been talking to the coaches at BYU for a long time," said Moore. "I've talked mostly with Coach Higgins, Coach Reynolds and with Coach Weber, but I've met almost all of them. I love all the coaches there. They're a big reason why I decided to commit."

Moore has yet to meet with head coach Bronco Mendenhall, but did speak to him after committing on Wednesday.

"[Mendenhall] just said that they were excited to have me as part of their program," related Moore. "He said that they've been looking at everything I've been doing for a while and were very impressed with me as a person and as a football player, and that meant a lot to me."

So what type of player can fans expect when Moore first shows up on campus and advances through the football program?

"They can expect a player who never quits running," answered Moore. "I run hard and I just never quit. It doesn't matter who hits me, I have the mentality that I'm going to bounce off of it and keep going. BYU is a great opportunity for me and I love the honor code, the atmosphere, I like that I'll have friends there, [and] it's just the perfect place for me."


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