RECRUITING: Kestahn Moore says yes to Gators

It was a tough decision for Kestahn Moore to select the Florida Gators over Oklahoma State, but the four-star running back from Arlington (TX) Mansfield Summit says he's made the right decision. He committed to Coach Urban Meyer over the weekend, but went public with his decision Tuesday evening.

Moore was going to wait until Friday to announce his decision, but he said, "Coaches were telling me, you probably won't change before Friday, so I went ahead and did it."

It was the visit to Gainesville that sealed the deal for the 5-10, 199-pounder who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash. He got a chance to tour the campus, socialize with players and meet the coaching staff. The entire trip was one positive experience after another.

"I like the coaches, and the staff," he said. "I liked the school and the academics. Football wise they are always ranked high. I think we will be ranked number two next year."

Moore had developed a good relationship with the coaches at Oklahoma State, noting "That's why it was so hard. It was cool there and tight, too. It was closer and a young staff [than the staff of previous coach Les Miles]. It was a hard decision."

The coaching staff at UF put the Gators over the top, though, in the decision making process. He was impressed with Meyer but also with new running backs coach Stan Drayton, who only came aboard the Florida staff a day or two before Moore made his visit to Gainesville.

"He [Drayton] is good and I liked him," said Moore. "That was another reason I decided Florida, I wanted to see the running backs coach and see how I got along with him. I like that he has coached in the NFL, so he knows what I have to do to get there and he played running back."

He described Meyer as a great coach whose vision for the Gators is one he's ready to subscribe to, saying, "Next year he is going to have the Gators on top."

Hosted by running back Markus Manson on his visit to the Florida campus, Moore was accompanied by his parents, both of whom felt comfortable with the coaches, the campus and the academics. When it came time to make his choice, his parents were totally supportive.

"My mom and dad came on the visit and they loved it," said Moore. "That helped make the decision that much easier."

As a senior, Kestahn Moore ran the ball 132 times for 1,256 yards and 23 touchdowns. He averaged 9.46 yards per carry. In the classroom he is a 3.4 student. He's fully qualified with an 830 SAT score.

He is considered a do it all type of back who will fit in with the rigors of the Urban Meyer offense which spreads the ball and relies on all the skill players to run, block and catch.

"I am versatile," said Moore describing his abilities. "I can run over you, run past you, juke you. I can catch the ball and block. I do all of it."

When it came time to make the final decision, he said, "I just felt comfortable there [Florida]. I want to get to the next level in football and I think I will have a good opportunity to do that and get my degree at Florida."

Moore is the sixth commitment for the Gators from the just recently finished recruiting weekend. He's the second Texan. David Nelson (wide receiver) from Wichita Falls Rider committed to the Gators Sunday morning.

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