Riding the Wave

Memphis, Tenn., defensive tackle Herbert Moore committed to Ole Miss in late May.

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The timing was right, Moore having just wrapped a visit to the school. His familiarity with the program, as well as his relationship with the Ole Miss coaching staff, had made the decision relatively easy.

"It was the right time because I came off a visit and I loved everything down there -- the coaches and everything. My parents also loved them," Moore said Friday. "It was a good time for me. It was the best decision at the time."

A month has passed, and despite his commitment, his phone continues to ring off the hook. Call after call. Coach after coach. The constant attention has given Moore something to think about.

"I'm committed. I'm still traveling around and looking at colleges to see what they have to offer," he said. "Ole Miss, they call to see how I'm doing. They love me and everything."

He's done some traveling this summer, and he won't stop in July. "I think I'm going to Ohio State," he said. Ohio State won't be his only visit.

No, Moore, rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, will visit a handful of colleges over the coming weeks. Scout has the 6-foot-2, 320-pound Moore listed as the No. 68 defensive tackle in the country.

"I'm going to let everything play out," he said. "I hope I'll still be an Ole Miss Rebel in the end. They have big plans for me, if I do end up there."

Moore said Ole Miss keeps in contact every week, as does Ohio State, a school that has certainly left an impression.

Of all the schools to show interest in Moore -- Oregon, Clemson, Arkansas State, Illinois, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and North Carolina -- Moore admitted the Buckeyes pose the greatest threat to Ole Miss.

"It's really Ohio State," Moore said. "They like me there, and they want an SEC tackle to come in to bring an SEC tackle to the table."

Moore has plenty of time until National Signing Day in February. Ole Miss, he said, is still his leader. He's committed. But he's listening, too.

"It's not going to be over a conference. It's going to be somewhere with a good community, a good coaching staff and also me playing early," he said. "Ole Miss, they're still on top. But there's some other programs I'm comparing them to."

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