RECRUITING: Kyle Moore: Gators Leading Georgia

Kyle Moore, the hot defensive end prospect from Houston County (GA) has long been considered a virtual lock for the Georgia Bulldogs, but there are other schools on his radar screen. When called by Sunday afternoon, the four-star prospect said the fact that the Bulldogs have four defensive linemen already committed is why he's looking elsewhere. <p>

"That puts Florida ahead of Georgia," he said."

Like most of the outstanding prospects in the south that were considering Florida prior to the firing of Coach Ron Zook, Moore has kept a close eye on the Gators' coaching search. He is well aware that Urban Meyer was named as the new coach at Florida over the weekend.

"I know he's a good coach. Utah's undefeated," said Kyle Moore, who will wait patiently for the opportunity to meet the new coach before deciding if the Gators have a recruiting leg up over other suitors such as Southern Cal, Michigan, Miami, Oklahoma and Tennessee. He won't say which school he favors at this point, but Florida will be afforded every opportunity to move to the top of the heap. He also told us that it's highly unlikely he will choose Georgia.

He was visited last week by Florida assistant Dan Disch, who spoke with Moore and his teammate Brandon King. Disch has convinced Moore to take an official visit to Florida and Kyle indicated that will happen at some point in January.

Moore said, "He [Coach Disch] told me to hold tight and see what happens, that sooner or later they [Florida] were going to make a decision and they did. That helps a lot."

There has been talk in recruiting circles that Moore and King will be a package deal to some fortunate school.

"We're tight," said Moore of his good friend and teammate. "We were talking about it [going to the same school]."

King, a 5-11, 175-pound defensive back, doesn't have an offer from Georgia, but he has sparked a lot of interest from Auburn, Florida State, Louisville and Clemson among others. Clemson, Louisville, Maryland and Florida have offered him scholarships. In that Florida has a critical need at corner, this is a package deal that could work for the Gators.

While Florida has much ground to make up in the recruiting race, Moore has made it abundantly clear that he is amenable to the Florida coaches and that the Gators are one team that could factor into his college plans on signing day.

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