T.J. Moore is moving on to the next step of his football career.
The Mallard Creek offensive lineman signed with the Gators in February, and has officially graduated from high school and is preparing for Summer A classes at Florida.
"I'm very excited and I believe we're going to have a great season next fall," Moore said. "I'm ready to get down there and do whatever I can to help us be successful."
Moore was a late addition to the board. The Gators were in contact with the four-star lineman, however, only offered the North Carolina native in December. But with Moore's connection with former Gator, D.J. Humphries, the offer was a game changer. Moore committed a few days later even before he took a visit to Gainesville. Although Mike Summer's departure did make him pause a bit and consider an official to Auburn. In the end it was his official to Florida cemented his pledge to Jim McElwain and his program.
"When coach Summers left, I was really surprised because he said he was going to be here and we were building a good relationship but I understood why he left," he said. "[During my official] I bonded with the team and they already feel like my brothers. I also met with the academic staff and they have a plan that would allow me graduate in three and a half years."
Fast forward to a few weeks later and McElwain announces that Brad Davis will now take over the reigns as the new offensive line coach at Florida. Although Moore did not know Davis prior to signing, the North Carolina native was able to acquaint himself with the newest staff member when he visited Gainesville for the spring game in April.
"He is a very intense person," said Moore. "He talked to me a lot at the spring game, and he told me about the possibility in four months that I could be playing against Michigan. I can see myself out there. I just have to keep myself working hard and grinding...He knows what he wants and I like that about him."
His visit in the spring allowed Moore to see what changes were being put in place by Davis. The line's progress certainly did impress Moore, however, it was seeing fellow 2017 signee, Kadeem Telfort, running with the twos in the Orange and Blue Debut that really made him look forward to the months ahead.
"We are basically in the same boat," explained Moore. "He is my age and he is doing things that I want to do. So as I look at him I see myself - that could be me in a few months. I'm just trying to get myself ready."
Moore has been preparing himself for the summer ever since his signed the dotted line that first week of February with plenty of encourage from the Gators staff.
"[The coaches have been saying] get down here and get ready to go because we need you. Just come down and lets try to make the offense better and just to make the team better. "
In addition to Moore, quarterback signee Jake Allen is also expected to enroll in Summer A classes.