NC State tops Washington (DC) Ballou WR Delontae Moore’s list of favorites after last weekend's visit to Raleigh for the Wolfpack’s Junior Day.
Moore saw a lot of the same things at NC State that he had seen before. He camped with the football program last summer. This trip was more informative and there was more time to meet with coaches and see things outside of just the football stadium.
The coaches had offered Moore after he turned in one of the top camp performances of the summer. From that summer camp until last weekend’s Junior Day there had not been a lot of talking between the two parties but every so often the coaches would remind Moore of their interest. This weekend was important on a number of levels and most importantly because it became clear to Moore that the coaches want him. This was more than mail, visits to his high school and invitations to campus.
When Moore (6-2, 175) first arrived at NC State on Saturday he listened to a talk about academics and expectations for football players in the classroom. Then the group of players split up into meetings with assistant coaches by position.
“They talked to us about what it would be like as an NC State football player. Then they had a couple of players on the team speak to us for a minute. We were asking all the questions and they were answering them. They were telling us how it would be when we’re supposed to get down there. We spoke to some freshman so they were younger guys just giving us freshman advice.”
After that segment several of the recruits went to the basketball game.
George Barlow is the coach that has gotten to know Moore the best on a person to person level. Saturday, receivers coach George McDonald talked to Moore about the offense.
“They told me they run an offense where they like to set the defense up. They play on mismatches. That’s their offense. That’s my kind of offense. We run that offense at my high school so I could feel like I relate to that. It’s a pro style offense. They got it going this year. They didn’t go into detail but they told us they were up and coming. They accomplished some of the goals they had before the season and they just want to keep building off that.”
With Dave Doeren now extended through 2019 that is something recruits are going to hear about. That means his contract runs through what would be the senior year of current high school juniors assuming they do not redshirt. That kind of coaching stability is what a lot of players are looking for.
Moore visited NC State with a teammate, one of his coaches and his dad.
“They liked it too. They think it’s an up and coming program. They thing the program is a positive there.”
Clemson has been on the top of Moore’s list of favorites but that changed after the weekend. NC State’s presentation was impressive enough that the Washington, D.C. receiver is willing to say he has a new favorite.
“I would rate them as my number one right now. I feel like when I go down to State it’s a family. Everybody’s together. There ain’t no separation. All you get is love. They don’t just throw words at you. They back up what they say. So I would put them as my number one.”