Kendall Moore is one of the top recruits in North Carolina for the 2010 class. The 6'3" 230 pound linebacker from Southeast Raleigh High has been surprised to see how his recruitment has gotten off to a quick start. According to Kendall he has 9 official offers at this time with a host of other schools on the brink of adding to his growing list.
"Recruiting is going real well as I just got an offer from Florida State this past Friday," said Moore. "That puts me at 9 official offers now. The schools that have offered besides FSU are N.C. State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Maryland, Clemson and South Carolina. A lot of schools have been showing me interest, too. Duke, Tennessee and Notre Dame have been talking to me. Friday I spoke to the coaches at Notre Dame and they said an offer was close to being put on the table for me."
"I have to be honest about it; I am very surprised that I've gotten these offers so early," continued Moore. "It's very early and we haven't even gotten to summer yet. I'm happy about. Right now I am just looking at the schools that are offering me and just trying to find the best system for me."
The linebacker got his offer from the Seminoles Friday afternoon. Moore told NoleDigest that offer was extended to him by Chuck Amato, who is a coach Kendall is familiar with from watching him at N.C. State. He says the offer is one he's very interested in pursuing and learning more about.
"Coach Amato offered my Friday before the day was over," stated Moore. "He told me that he saw my film and that they really liked it. At first they wanted me to send them some more film, but he told me after talking to the rest of the coaches that they really liked what they saw. The offer from FSU is big for me. I grew up watching them on television and they've always been a powerhouse. I'm excited about it."
Kendall's interest in FSU is legitimate as he likes the scheme of defense the Seminoles play. Being familiar with Coach Amato help, he says, and now he plans on doing some more research to learn more about FSU has to offer.
"Right now I want to get to know more about them," said Moore about FSU. "I watched a lot of their ACC games this past year and I like what I've seen so far. As a program they have a great history of aggressive defenses that are very fast. It gets me excited watching them and I think it is a place I can succeed as a linebacker. I definitely have interest in FSU and I am going to give them a hard look. I am really high on Coach Amato from watching him at N.C.State. When I got the offer I was happy."
Moore has great size for a linebacker his age, and he says he feel he has the range and speed to stay at outside linebacker on the next level. He did say some colleges have mentioned him moving to the inside or putting his hand down on the next level.
"I think the biggest strength I have is my size and speed," said Moore. "I'm more of a straight blitzing linebacker who can get to the quarterback pretty easily. With my size some schools have talked to me about moving to defensive end in college, while some have mentioned me being in the middle. Most have said they like me as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker type. I will probably put on some weight in college but I feel I can get to wherever the coaches want me. I think I have the speed and range to stay outside. I like it more there and think I can excel there in college. Over the summer I want to work more on my ability to drop back, as well as learning to get off of my blocks better."
Right now Kendall and his family are looking at the offers coming in and slowly trimming the list as they head into the summer. While he isn't sure when a decision is going to be made, Kendall does know 3 particular factors he is looking for.
"You know, sir, I am not sure on a decision or when I will make it," stated Moore. "I could go somewhere, like it and commit. Right now I am wide open. My father and I want to see more teams before the school year is over, but we don't have a set list yet. Whoever offers me I am going to look at, and then I will narrow it down soon from there. The school that has the best system that I fit in, a good location and a good education will be the school I choose in the end."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Kendall's recruitment, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class.