Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek offensive lineman T.J. Moore is clearly one of the top prospects in the state. Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Moore has outstanding size and athleticism for the position. He holds several high-major offers, but a group of schools appear to have separated from the rest.
"I would say Tennessee, NC State, South Carolina, UNC, and Virginia Tech stand out to me," said Moore. "They've all shown me a lot of interest."
He has taken multiple visits to South Carolina, and some seem to think the Gamecocks lead for Moore. Does he have a leader?
"[Laughing] No sir, there is no one leader," said Moore. "That group has a little bit of a lead. I think the talk about South Carolina probably comes from my man Eric Douglas, who is committed to them. There was an article that said I was supposed to commit to South Carolina, and I was like, 'Where do you guys get that from?' I think Eric set it up... he probably told somebody that."
With that being said, South Carolina is definitely in the mix.
"I do like them a lot," added Moore. "Coach Elliott, the offensive line coach, he is a very good coach and a good man to be around. We talk a lot."
Another school who appears to be in great shape with Moore is NC State. He attended games in the past and was on campus this spring for multiple unofficial visits.
"I have a really good relationship with NC State," Moore stated. "I've been talking with coach Doeren a lot, and he told me how much they want me. He said he really wants me to play for him. They have a good community up there, and my man, Grant [Gibson], has committed to NC State.
"They also have a great Engineering program. It's one of the tops in the country and that's what I want to major in, so that's a plus."
What is Moore's relationship like with new NC State offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford?
"He's great," Moore said of Ledford. "I spent time with him at Junior Day where we ate... took some selfies. We do have a good relationship right now and it's getting stronger."
As of now, there is no definitive timeframe for making a decision.
"It could come very soon," said Moore. "It will probably be at the beginning of my senior year."
Moore, who could play guard or tackle on the next level, is mainly being recruited to play tackle. He is currently rated a three-star recruit and the No. 67 offensive tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com.