Moore Picks the Gators

When head coach Urban Meyer came to the University of Florida, many college football experts said the offense he was bringing would not work. Not only has it worked, but it has flourished in what many believe to be the toughest conference in America.

The Gator offense has attracted some of the top talent in the nation and Friday night was no different when five-star JUCO wide receiver Carl Moore decided Florida was the place be.

Moore, From Rocklin (Cali.) Sierra College said the decision was not as tough as what some people might of thought.

"I have always had a special feeling about the University of Florida, and I have liked them for sometime," Moore said. "The only thing that was holding them back a little bit was the distance but in the end the opportunity that the coaches were offering me was too good to pass up."

Moore is 6-4 and 224-pounds and runs in the 4.45 range. After an '06 season where he hauled in 61 passes for seven touchdowns, Moore exploded on the scene in 2007 with 68 catches and an amazing 17 touchdowns despite constant double and triple teams with more than 1,000 yards receiving.

"I want to play in the most explosive offense in America," he said. "When I was watching the Gators play Florida State a couple of weeks ago and saw what those wide receivers were doing, I was sold."

Getting a chance to play with the best college football player in the nation didn't hurt either.

"I spoke with Tim Tebow before and after the game and he was telling me that he knows how to use wide receivers and after the game I believed him," Moore said. "Tim told me I better come in ready to play in the most exciting offense in the country and get ready to win the national title. I tried to call him tonight (Friday) to let him know that I was coming and we have been playing phone tag, but we will get together very soon."

If Moore was voting for the Heisman, he knows where it would go.

"I can't wait to watch the Heisman Trophy presentation Saturday and I think Tebow is going to bring it home," he said. "He should bring it home."

Relationships with the coaches were something that Moore was looking for and he found it with the head Gator.

"I have a great relationship with Urban Meyer, Billy Gonzales and Dan Mullen," Moore said. "When I was watching practice film with the coaches, I saw a number of times when Meyer would be right there with the wide receivers coaching them up. It is important to me to have a great connection and bond with my coaches and I feel that right now."

"Coach Gonzales is my guy," he added. "I know he will get the best of my ability while I am a Gator and that is important because I only have two years to develop my talents to the best of my ability."

The Gator offensive staff will be working with a very talented player unlike any they have had in their short time in Gainesville. Moore has the size, speed and ability that you want in a go to wide receiver.

"This year I tried to become more of a complete wide receiver," Moore said. "I have always had great hands and a natural ability to catch the ball for as long as I can remember. The two strengths of my game are the ability that I have to separate from defensive backs and my route running. I want to improve my yards after the catch."

Moore's girlfriend, of just less than two years, will join him in Gainesville. Maranda Smith will come to Florida on a gymnastics scholarship.

"This is a very exciting time in our lives," Smith said. "I was committed to Arizona and was scheduled to leave in a couple of weeks. Carl and I have been dating for a while now, and besides being my boyfriend, he is my best friend. When I was thinking about him going away to school it made me depressed because it's a long way from Arizona, but things worked out and now we don't have to stress out that we won't be able to see each other."

While it is not fair to compare the two sports, Smith says that she is the better athlete. She actually will be on campus December 26. Moore is scheduled to come on January 8, but is trying to get that date pushed up.

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