Friday began with what was already a pleasant spring morning in Ann Arbor Michigan. The sun was shining brightly and the temperature eclipsed 60 on local thermometers. Then with one call from Trotwood-Madison standout Brandon Moore to the offices of Schembechler Hall, the temperature at the football building on South State St. reached a boiling point.
"I called them this morning to commit," Moore said of his earlier conversation with the Michigan coaching staff. "They were really surprised. When I talked to Coach Carr he said Coach DeBord and Coach Singletary were jumping around in his office! They were real surprised."
The members of the Maize & Blue staff weren't alone in their shock. The decision also came as a surprise to most that had been following Moore's recruitment. A nationally coveted prospect, the 6-6, 243-pounder had long mentioned his plan of taking both official and unofficial visits to the campuses of as many of his long list of suitors as possible. In a late April interview with GoBlueWolverine, he reiterated those intentions.
"With all of the schools that have offered me, it's real hard for me to narrow my list down," Moore told GoBlueWolverine back on April 25th. "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."
"I'm going to try to visit all of the campuses during the summer," he continued. "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."
However, even then he gave clues about which school his heart was really with.
"Right now I love Michigan because they are recruiting me highly," Moore said at the time. "Coach DeBord texts me like everyday. Michigan is a school that I'm liking a lot now."
"I went up there (to Michigan) on April 3rd," continued Moore. "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."
As it turns out, that early April trip to Ann Arbor was the tipping point in Moore's recruitment.
"I always wanted to go to Michigan…especially once I took that visit up there," Moore said to GoBlueWolverine this morning. "I just chose to do it today. It came down to Michigan, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. I always knew I was going to be a Michigan Wolverine. They've got great academics and I like the style of football that they play. Plus I really fit into their offense. I just wanted to wait to see what the other colleges were talking about, but I just chose to go ahead and get it out of the way. My parents wanted me to commit to Michigan too. That's my dad's favorite school. He was really excited about the commitment."
With recruiting no longer a worry, Moore's summer schedule is pretty open.
"I don't know what I'm going to be doing," he said. "I may just be chilling and working out in the weight room. I am also going to get back up (to Michigan). I'm not sure if it will be for camp though. I'll work on my blocking ability. They want to use me as more of a receiving tight end. They may line me up at wide receiver some also. But I want to play as much as possible, so I know I have to improve my blocking."
According to Trotwood Madison Coach Maurice Douglas, his young star is already one heck of a player…even without the improvement. Just as important, though, is the fact that he is an equally good young man.
“Moore is an outstanding person,” Douglass told Scout.com's Greg Powers earlier today. “He has great character, and he is someone that I think if he continues to work with great effort will have the chance to play on Sundays. He has got good hand eye coordination and he plays with good leverage when he is down in there blocking. Because he is so long and big he reminds me a little of Leonard Pope when he was at Georgia. Somebody who has long arms and legs and everything. I think he will get in school and add another 20-30 pounds easily. He will be someone who can stretch the field.”
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