RECRUITING: Kestahn Moore rising on UF charts

Even though the University of Florida has been recruiting Kestahn Moore for a little over one month, the Gators have made impressive headway with the running back from Arlington (TX) Mansfield Summit. Moore will be visiting Gainesville this weekend with the Gators listed one of his three top choices.

Rated four stars by, Moore's hot list includes Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.

"I'm down to three schools," Moore said. "I have already visited Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. I go to Florida this weekend.

"At Wisconsin, I liked most about everything. I liked the coaches, players, and academics. At Oklahoma State I liked the coaches and players. The only thing that I didn't get to see was the running back coach because he wasn't hired yet."

The surprise contender for is services is the Gators due to the late start Florida got in the recruiting process. Despite the lack of recruiting time, Moore has clicked with the new Gator staff.

"Right now, Florida is right up there,' Moore said. "With Urban Meyer going there, I think I fit very well in that system."

Moore has been recruited by Florida wide receiver coach Billy Gonzalez. He has yet to meet with Coach Meyer, but that will change when he visits Gainesville.

"I haven't seen him yet," he said, speaking of Coach Meyer. "I have talked to him a whole bunch. He has scheduled an in home visit with me next week sometime."

In 11 games as a senior Moore rushed the ball 132 times for 1,256 yards (9.46 yards per attempt) and 23 touchdowns. It's not just his ability to run the ball that has caught the eye of the Florida coaches. He is a fine receiver as well.

"I was the leading receiver on the team," he noted.

Academic hang-ups are not an issue either. He's made such progress and has such good grades that he could have taken early enrollment.

"I don't really have to be in school right now," he said. "I only needed 27 credits to graduate and I already have 28."

Distance doesn't seem to be a problem and he's already familiar with Florida's scorching weather, noting "I have been there about three times."

He has made a list of what is important to him when he makes his college choice. He says he will go "where I fit best and feel most comfortable, where I can play and they have to have good academics."

The Gators have only three scholarship tailbacks right now. The new staff would like to sign at least two running backs and Moore is aware of the shortage.

"I do look at depth charts," he said emphatically.

The Gators have as many as six or seven Texans remaining on their recruiting board. Florida is hoping to tap into the great talent reservoir that is Texas this year and in the future. Signing a talented back like Kestahn Moore to the 2005 recruiting class would be a nice way to start.

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