Metroplex star Mike Moore plays for a powerhouse high school at Dallas Skyline High School, a program with a long tradition of turning out college players.
At a little over 210 pounds and 6-foot-1, Moore has the speed that college coaches covet and his natural position at the next level could be either outside linebacker or rush defensive end.
With the size/speed combo to play both positions, it should come as no surprise that college coaches across the land had taken keen notice of the playmaker. With offers from schools like Kentucky, Minnesota, Iowa State, Memphis and Kansas State, Moore took an unofficial visit to the Golden Gophers in late July and verbally committed to Minnesota.
That was before the coaching change at Minnesota and the ouster of Head Coach of the Gophers, Tim Brewster. Following the change at the helm, Moore opened up his recruitment again and this weekend Mike took an official visit to Kansas State to take a look at other options.
With fellow Dallas Skyline teammate DE Marquel Bryant already committed to Kansas State, Moore said his visit to Manhattan went well.
Persistence pays off
" I had a great time this weekend. Their fans are great people. I mean they knew who I was on my visit and they are just great people. You can tell they are die-hard fans and that they support their team. They were very excited and crazy about football, the whole atmosphere was great and they knew who I was. Kansas State was recruiting me before everything happened with Coach Brewster and when Coach Kill came in we sat down as a family and really looked at everything," stated Moore.
Coming into Manhattan, Kansas on Friday, Moore toured the campus and had time to meet with Head Coach Bill Snyder.
"I got a chance to meet with Coach Snyder and just talk, not all about football. He talked to me about academics and the programs that they have. Kansas State was a team that was recruiting me before everything happened and they just never stopped recruiting me."
Coming from a High School program that is nicknamed 'Skyline U' and 'Linebacker U', Moore says he looks to start his career at linebacker in college.
"Linebacker. I have played the 'Will" (weakside) and I have played the 'Sam" before but in high school I also played defensive end. But linebacker is what I have talked about playing."
Having de-committed to Minnesota and taken an official visit to Kansas State, Moore said he is going to take his time before he decides where he will play his college ball.
"Right now I have to sit down with my family. This is going to be a family decision and we have to all feel good about the decision. If I do not feel good about it, then I may not sign on signing day. I may take some more time and sign after Wednesday. But we all have to sit down and talk about things."
Verbal commitments are non-binding; the first day a recruit from the Class of 2011 can sign a National Letter of Intent is Feb. 2.
And with Signing Day 2011 looming, Moore is taking his time and doing the research he feels is necessary to make an informed decision - stay tuned.