Moore's Commit Strengthened by Junior Day

A.J. Moore committed to BYU this past month and was very strong with his commit back then. On the heels of attending Junior Day, Moore feels as if that commitment was strengthened. TBS caught up with him to learn of his thoughts on Junior Day and about some of the top performers at the one-day camp.

A.J. Moore is a 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound running back prospect from Murrieta, California that committed to BYU last month. At that point Moore considered himself a solid commit, but after visiting BYU on Junior Day he found that commitment strengthened.

"I was solid. I mean, before Junior Day there was never any doubt I was coming to BYU," explained Moore. "But wow, that thing we did today, that really got me excited about the program and where it's going. I didn't think my commit could get much stronger, but it definitely is after today."

Moore's day started out with some drills that consisted of a lot of one-on-one work. According to Moore it was a very competitive environment, and maybe even too competitive at times.

"Coaches were telling us that they've never had a better level of talent at their camps than they had today," said Moore. "And we all really got after it in drills. It was very competitive, as everyone was really good I thought. They even cancelled some drills because it was getting too physical. It was really competitive and I loved that."

Friday was Moore's first opportunity to work out under the direction of his future position coach Lance Reynolds, and doing so may have been the highlight of his Junior Day experience.

"He is a great coach," said Moore about Reynolds. "He really knows how to teach you and I felt myself improve throughout the day. He really taught me a lot about route running. That was probably the thing I learned that will help me out most for the coming season."

Moore also had the opportunity to work out with top local recruit Harvey Langi from Bingham High School. According to Moore, Langi had a great experience.

"He was having fun and we really got along well," said Moore. "He's an incredible player and I hope we get him here. I talked to him a lot about it and hopefully he'll sign with BYU. We also went against each other a lot, which was great since he's so good."

After the workouts Moore and the rest of the prospects watched a video in which head coach Bronco Mendenhall spoke about the program.

"That got me pumped too," said Moore about the film. "He just narrated the whole thing explaining what BYU was, and it really is the best program out there for myself. I know that more than ever after watching the video and with everything else. No one can offer everything that BYU can, nobody in the country can. He also talked a lot about football and how his expectations were to win a BCS championship in the coming years."

Moore was very aware of the presence of several top recruits, most notably Jake Heaps, after reading about Thursday's press conference.

"He's the best in the country," said Moore about Heaps. "Him being here just shows that BYU can bring in the best in the country and are bringing in the best in the country. To have the opportunity to play with guys like Heaps is just incredible to think about."

To cap off the Junior Day experience, Moore met with about 20 other top recruits. Heaps then gave a rousing speech about the future of the program and what his goals were.

"He's just such a great guy," said Moore about Heaps. "He just said that he expects national championships here. He said that he knew we were then ones in that room that could get BYU a national championship. He's a leader. I seriously love the guy and I can't wait to play with him in college. Not just him, but everyone else. I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity I have to play for BYU."

Junior Day Notes

-In attendance along with Moore and Langi was another top running back recruit named James McKinney from Round Rock, Texas. McKinney is not LDS, but is very interested in BYU according to sources.

-The Juergens twins from Houston were in attendance and impressed according to those who viewed the camp.

-Recent commit Ross Apo brought along a teammate of his from Oakridge High School in Dallas. We don't have a name on him yet, but he worked out with the defensive linemen and we'll be searching him out this coming week.

-The top local recruits included Ricky Heimuli from Brighton High School (who did not work out), the aforementioned Harvey Langi, Timpview's Bronson Kaufusi, Bryson McKenzie and Alema Key, Jeremiah Tiatia from Orem (also did not work out), Alta High's Jordan Black, Taloa'i Ho Ching, Tyrone Morris, Devin Micholes from Bonneville High and many others.

-Jake Heaps brought along teammate Jason Butorac with Washington recruits Luke Nelson, Kody Hartley and Taylor Nelson also in attendance.

-There were a trio of Oaks Christian athletes, including Zac Stout, Alani Fua and another DB prospect that we've yet to get a name for.

-TBS will follow up with the key attendees throughout the coming week.


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