When Trotwood (OH) Madison TE Brandon Moore decided to pledge to the University of Michigan back in mid May, it signified one of the early surprises of this recruiting season. The 6-6, 243-pounder had spoken frequently of his plan to take official visits to some of the other programs on his list, which included traditional powers like Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. Things on the recruiting front quieted down after his commitment, but when the Wolverines started the year 0-2, many of those prior favorite saw it as an opening.
“Some schools called me and tried to talk to me about how Michigan wasn’t doing good at that point,” Moore recalled. “They were talking to me about how I should come to their school. They did try to jump on me when Michigan started out losing, but I wasn’t hearing it.”
Recent internet scuttlebutt suggested that Moore hadn’t been in contact with the Michigan coaching staff very much as of late and that Ohio State was one of the programs beating down his door. According to the young man himself, however, neither rumor is accurate.
“I haven’t talked to Ohio State since I committed,” he said. “In the past month it has been Tennessee, West Virginia, and Florida. When Florida and West Virginia first called I told them I was 100% Michigan. Tennessee… I told them that too. Now all of them have stopped calling.”
“I’ve been talking to Coach DeBord once every week,” he added.
At this point Moore’s sole focus is high school, where he continues to perform at a high level in the classroom and where his team is performing at a high level on the field.
“We’re 6-2 so far, so we’re having a pretty good season,” he said. “Right now my stats aren’t as good as I want them to be. I’m not getting the ball as much as I want to, but I’ve been blocking real good. The catches are going to come to me. Winning is the main thing. If we win one of our next two games, we’ll be in the playoffs. “
In between games Moore has found time to rib fellow teammates about their college choices. As it turns out the Wolverines have made victims of a couple of those programs.
“Me and Michael Shaw went back and forth a lot,” Moore said of his teammate and future Penn State Nittany Lion. “We had a little bet that if Michigan won, he was going to wear a Michigan shirt to school. I’ve actually got a teammate that is going to Purdue next year, (Roy Roundtree), so he is going to wear a Michigan shirt to school (Monday).”
If that isn’t a sign that Moore isn’t set on where he plans to spend the next four to five years of his life, he reiterated it once more for good measure when asked if there is a chance that he will visit other schools.
“No, I’m just taking an official visit to Michigan,” he said. “Other than that, I’m playing in the ESPN All-American game.”
“I’m 99.99%,” Moore continued regarding the status of his Michigan commitment. “The only reason I’m not 100% is I haven’t signed yet.”