Moore Gets Cincinnati Offer

One of the most heavily recruited players in the Dayton area is Brandon Moore of Trotwood-Madison High School. The big tight end visited the University of Cincinnati campus on Junior Day last Saturday and went home with a Bearcat offer to add to his ever growing list.

Brandon Moore is a 6' 6"/230 pound junior tight end at Trotwood-Madison High School in Dayton, Ohio. Last Saturday, Moore along with high school teammates Ike Washington, Roy Roundtree, Domonick Britt, Jamiihr Williams, and Michael Shaw made the trek through the snow to attend Cincinnati's Junior Day. But this was not the first time for Moore to show legitimate interest in the Bearcat football program. On October 28th of last season, Brandon took an unofficial visit to Clifton to see the Bearcats defeat the Syracuse Orange, but this visit was different since this time he returned home with a Bearcat scholarship offer.

Moore explained how the offer was extended on Saturday. "I was always with the group on the whole tour, but at the end, the recruiting coach came up to me and said I had an offer from Cincinnati. They wanted me to talk to Coach Kelly. So after a little bit, I went to Coach Kelly's office and talked with him. He told me how they're trying to keep all the top players in the region at Cincinnati and how I'd be a good fit."

Brandon said he's looking for a school that can accommodate three areas. "I'm looking for a good program, good academics, and a place where I can have fun."

This is a young man with good size and speed so he could project at a few different positions in college. "I'm looking to play tight end, but I think I could also play defensive end or wide receiver. But I know my main position is tight end." His main position may be tight end, but Brandon's had a great deal of experience at defensive end. "I've been playing defensive end most of my life. I played tight end last year, but my freshman and sophomore years, I played defensive end, and I'm expecting to play defensive end next year along with tight end." Brandon said he hasn't run a forty-yard-dash in some time but recorded a 4.6 during his sophomore year.

When asked about his other scholarship offers, he replied. "Let me think." After about 10-15 seconds, he started rattling off a lengthy list that loosely resembled a pre-season Top 25 poll. "I've got offers from Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Colorado, Clemson, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Stanford and Kentucky."

Many of the fans from those BCS programs wouldn't consider the Bearcats to be a serious threat for obtaining Brandon's services, but Brandon doesn't seem to share the skepticism. "Cincinnati is up there because my brother goes to school there, and it's close to home. They're definitely up there." Brandon's 6' 2" older brother, Allen, is a freshman at Cincinnati and runs the hurdles and 400 meters for the Bearcat track team. Like his older brother, Brandon also participates in track and would like to continue throwing the shot put and discus after high school. During Brandon's meeting with Coach Kelly, that option was presented. "Coach Kelly said there was a chance I could play both sports at Cincinnati." The precedent for footballers playing two sports has certainly been set, especially by tight end/receivers. In addition to Connor Barwin (TE) playing Bearcat basketball, Jared Martin (WR) and John Bowie are both running track again this spring while Reggie Fugett (TE) is with the baseball team.

Academics won't be a problem for Brandon. He has a 4.2 GPA and scored a 22 on his only attempt at the SAT. He's interested in majoring in either pre-med or engineering.

Since Trotwood-Madison has so many players interested in Cincinnati and vice versa, could there be a package deal in the works? "We have talked about going to the same school and having a little pipeline from Trotwood to a school, but we haven't really made any plans."

When Coach Kelly was hired as Cincinnati's football coach, he vowed at his press conference to go after the very best area football players. Aggressively pursuing players like Brandon Moore is proving him to be a man of his word.

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