SEC offer shakes things up for Moore

Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback L.J. Moore had been focused on West Coast schools and Notre Dame before receiving an offer from the SEC on Friday.

LAS VEGAS –Fresno (Calif.) Central cornerback L.J. Moore thought he had a good grip on his recruitment, but one offer might change everything.

"Georgia offered (Friday) and it pretty much opened it up all the way," Moore said at the New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 tournament at UNLV. "I'm still listening to everybody."

The Bulldogs' interest may lead to a shuffling among Moore's leaders, which had a distinct West Coast flavor with Arizona, California, Fresno State, UCLA and Washington among those in the mix.

"Notre Dame was in my top schools, Pac-12 and Notre Dame," Moore said. "Now that Georgia has offered, it really opens it up.."

The Golden Bears have a degree of familiarity in their favor, as Moore has friendships with sophomore running back Brendan Bigelow and last season's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in now-departed senior linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Moore also pointed to his relationship with secondary coach Ashley Ambrose.

"Coach Ambrose is a good DB coach. He has played in the league, so he can teach me a lot and I get along with him real well. I know people that went to Cal, so that makes them a top school," Moore said.

The Bears are also making a strong pushing for Moore's high school and 7-on-7 teammate, safety Hatari Byrd.

Asked what would be top factors in his decision-making, Moore pointed to a combination of on-field and academic considerations.

"I want to play as soon as possible. And once I figure out a major, I'm going to see what schools have that major and can put me in a place where I can get a good job. Those things," said Moore, who expressed an interest in pursuing either kinesiology or business.

Asked what schools he will visit officially, Moore said he does have one destination firmly in mind.

"I know I want to take a trip to Notre Dame for sure, but I don't know where else yet." Top Stories