Terps Pursuing Philly WR Moore

Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) receiver D.J. Moore is quickly gaining steam during the evaluation period, adding recent offers from Maryland, Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers in the last week or so. He just claimed a UMD verbal April 30 after Terps receivers' coach Keenan McCardell came up to watch a workout.

Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) receiver D.J. Moore is quickly gaining steam during the evaluation period, adding recent offers from Maryland, Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers in the last week or so. He just claimed a UMD verbal April 30 after Terps receivers' coach Keenan McCardell came up to watch a workout.

"Maryland has actually been in touch with me for a good while now, so I was kind of expecting the offer," the 6-foot, 180-pound Moore said. "Coach [John] Dunn was actually the one in contact with me, and we would [exchange messages] like every couple days. He was telling me the coaches were evaluating me and when they had a chance to come up to see me they'd probably offer. Then [April 30] Coach McCardell came up and told my coach the offer was there for me."

While not unexpected, Moore was excited to add another Big Ten verbal. He said there's plenty to like about Maryland right now and he wants to learn more about the program.

"Coach Dunn and Coach McCardell have told me all about the Big Ten and where the school's going," Moore said. "It's real good competition in that conference, and that's what I want. I like that kind of environment. And Coach McCardell, he used to play in the NFL, and that's exciting and really cool. It'd be cool to play under him."

Moore has a solid rapport with Dunn as well. The UMD Pennsylvania area recruiter has done the legwork and has Moore interested enough in the school to give College Park a look this summer, likely in July.

"Coach Dunn is a cool guy and I feel like I can talk to him about anything," Moore said. "He always messages me about how my week has been, how my mom's doing, how I'm doing in the classroom. I have a 3.3 GPA right now, so I'm proud of that, and Coach Dunn always tells me that's great."

Maryland is just one school on Moore's radar, however. He also holds offers from UVA, UConn, Wake Forest, Temple and Western Michigan, in addition to Illinois, UMD, Rutgers and Northwestern. Boston College and Duke could be close, while Arizona State, Arizona and South Carolina are in touch as well. Cincinnati and Tennessee have actually talked to him about playing safety -- the only two schools to do so thus far -- but Moore isn't sure whether they'll offer or not.

The only school Moore has seen recently is RU, which he's visited twice.

"I had a lot of fun up there. I toured the campus, met the coaches and had a good time," he said. "I like the staff there and how they're honest with you and let me know where I stand with them. I'm looking at Rutgers."

Illinois, Maryland, Wake Forest, Virginia, Northwestern and Duke all figure to receive visits at some point this offseason, though none have been set in stone. Moore said the Illini have been on him fairly hard, Wake really wants him down, UVA has been keeping close tabs, and NU and Maryland are both making a push. Duke is involved as well and may have caught Moore's eye a bit early on.

"I was actually down at Duke when I was younger for track meets and I really liked it," Moore said. "I'd like to get back down and see the campus and meet the coaches down there."

Some of the factors Moore will be considering while on these trips include whether or not the school has his major (kinesiology), the coaching staff and overall comfort level. He said offensive system isn't a huge deal and he believes he can fit into any type of system.

"Right now I'm just taking it all in," Moore said. "No standouts, no favorites. I have to see some of these schools and see what they're about."

Moore does not plan to commit until after his senior season. He'd also like to line up official visits at some point.

He is coming off a season where he totaled 39 receptions for 839 yards and 16 touchdowns. Moore currently runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.

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