SIGNEE SPOTLIGHT: Moore - "I belong in Florida"

Kesthan Moore, a four-star running back (by from Arlington, Texas, signed his letter of intent to be a Florida Gator Wednesday, and while the recruiting process is out of the way, he's the first to realize that the real challenges lie ahead. The first challenge for the 5-10, 205-pounder is keeping himself in football shape in preparation for next season.

"The coaching staff hasn't said too much about what they want us to do," said Moore about his off-season training program. "They are just giving us time to let everything sink in."

Although the coaching staff has not put Moore on a certain regimen, this does not mean that he is taking any time off. Quite the contrary, he is training as diligently now as ever before.

"I am basically doing the same things I normally do," Kestahn Moore said. "I am usually doing track right now, so I am doing a lot of running, and of course lifting weights is always good too."

While there is no rest for his body, Moore admits this is a time to mentally recuperate. After deliberating over one of the most important decisions of his life, he finally has a chance to sit back and reflect on the choice he made.

"I feel pretty good right now," Moore said. "It feels really good knowing where I'm going to be heading."

Now that he can concentrate solely on his future as a Gator, Moore cannot help but be excited. Although there are many aspects of his future in Florida that he is looking forward to, there is one in particular that really gets him going.

"I can't wait to play at the Swamp," Moore said. "That is the hardest place for people to come in and play, and we usually win most of our games there. Plus, playing in front of 89,000 or 92,000 people or whatever it is, that is a big deal."

While he is looking forward to seeing all of these people at the Swamp, he is even more enthused about giving them a reason to come out and see him. That is why he is setting his goals high, and looking to make an immediate impact.

"I want to come in an break some freshman records," Moore said. "But more important, I want to play to the best of my ability. I want to show everybody I can play. I just need to practice hard and play hard, and hopefully I can earn a starting position."

Although setting such lofty goals may seem unrealistic for a freshman, Moore actually has a head start on the competition. The offense coach Meyer will be running at Florida is very similar to the one Moore played in as a prep athlete. Because of this, he already feels fairly comfortable in the system.

"That really helps a lot," Moore said. "The Florida staff is a lot like my high school staff, because they both run the same kind of option. I think I will run the ball a little more at Florida though. In high school I spent a lot of time passing and blocking, but when I got my chance with the ball I showed what I was capable of doing."

Fortunately, the football field is not the only place Moore showed what he was capable of doing. He performed in the classroom as well, and is qualified for the University of Florida academically as well as athletically.

"I belong in Florida, that's for sure," Moore said.

Now, he, coach Meyer and Gator fans world-wide are overjoyed that Moore ended up right where they all knew he belonged.

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