Moore Names "Main Group"

Trotwood (OH) TE Brandon Moore keeps seeing the number of scholarship offers with his name on them continue. With the list of suitors now approaching 40, he has found the process of narrowing things down a lot more difficult. However, there is a main group of programs that are standing out at this point. Is Michigan among them?

With the tight end depth chart set to dwindle to a precarious number next year, the Michigan Wolverines have focused much of their recruiting attention on replenishing the position with talented options.  One of the primary targets has been Trotwood (OH) Madison standout Brandon Moore.  The 6-6 243-lb athlete makes no bones about the kind of presence he can bring to an offense.

"I'm like an Antonio Gates," Moore said comparing himself the San Diego Chargers All-Pro.  "I'm a receiving tight end.  Some people say I'm like Tony Gonzalez."

The humble youngster wasn't boasting.  He was stating the views and opinions of many of the top college coaches in the country, as evidenced by his 30+ scholarship offers.  The Maize & Blue threw its hat into the ring long ago.  They first made their interest clear when they had him up for a game last fall.  A scholarship offer followed this winter… and he again made his way to campus this spring for a practice.  Thus far his interaction with Michigan has put the Wolverines on very firm footing in his recruitment.

"I went up there (to Michigan) on April 3rd," Moore recalled.  "It was a practice on a Tuesday I believe.  I got a good feeling for how they use their tight ends.  When I went up there I sat in the meeting room with Coach DeBord, who coaches the tight ends.  I saw how they work them in the blocking scheme and the passing game also.  I also got a chance to talk to some of the players."

"Right now I love Michigan because they are recruiting me highly," Moore continued.  "Coach DeBord texts me like everyday.  Michigan is a school that I'm liking a lot now."

While the Wolverines have clearly made an impression on the highly coveted athlete, he isn't ready to anoint them, (or any other program), his favorite.

"With all of the schools that have offered me, it's real hard for me to narrow my list down," Moore said.  "There are main schools that I'm looking at, but I don't really have a top three or a top five or anything like that. Right now I would say those main schools are Georgia, Michigan, Miami, Florida, Clemson, LSU, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame.  That's all I can think of right now."

With such a long list of suitors, making visits to all of them seems kind of daunting, but that's exactly what Moore plans to do.

"I'm going to try to visit all of the campuses during the summer," he said.  "I'm not sure about camping at any of them.  I'll probably just be visiting them. I want to narrow my list down before the summer is over.  I'm going to make my decision when it feels right.  I'm probably going to go through all of my official visits before I make the decision."

When the weeding out process finally concludes and Moore makes his final choice, that school will have best fit a list of criteria that he is using to evaluate every program that he is considering.

"First of all, the school will have to have good academics because that's the main thing for me," said Moore.  "I'll look at the program's prestige and whether they're playing for a national championship.  Then I'll really look hard at my relationship with the coaches."

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