Moore Impressed by Spring Game Turnout

Southeast (NC) Raleigh standout Kendall Moore is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state, and he has the offer list to prove it.

Southeast (NC) Raleigh standout Kendall Moore is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state, and he has the offer list to prove it.

"Right now I'm at 12 official offers," said Moore. "All of the in-state schools, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and Duke have offered me. I also have offers from Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State, and Notre Dame.

"I think some others are close. The coach from Louisville said they were about to offer me. I've also been talking to Tennessee a lot and the Virginia schools. My coach has also been talking a lot to LSU about me."

Moore feels he has been truly blessed.

"I'm definitely surprised by all of the recruiting attention," he said. "I never thought I'd be in the position where I could go almost anywhere I would want to go. It's definitely a blessing. I never thought I'd be in this position."

Moore made a visit to nearby NC State over the weekend for the Wolfpack's spring game. What were his thoughts of the trip?

"It went well," said Moore. "It was a bigger turnout than I thought it was going to be at State. I saw where some other ACC schools only had a couple of thousand fans show up for their spring game, but I thought State's numbers were really high... it looked like they had twenty or 30,000 fans there. It was definitely a good thing.

"As far as the game, I watched their defensive scheme and it looked a lot like the defense we run at my school so I was familiar with it. Before I left I spent some time with coach O'Brien. We talked for a good while and he said he really wanted me to come play for him. He said they are on the rise, and I can help them get to where they want to go."

Moore also had a chance to talk with NC State's most recent commitment, Chapel Hill (NC) offensive lineman Robert Crisp.

"They just got Robert Crisp a few weeks ago," said Moore. "I talked to Rob and his dad this weekend and they told me how it all went down. It definitely surprised me when it happened because I didn't think he was close to making a decision.

"I talked to Rob for a long time and he was talking about him committing and how Tony Creecy might be committing early also. That's two top-ranked North Carolina players which would be big for State. I don't think it would have a big, big effect on my decision, but I would definitely be keeping it in my mind."

Don't expect a decision to come soon from Moore. He intends on going through with the recruiting process before giving a verbal commitment.

"Right now I'm really wide open," he said. "I'm just trying to make sure I know a lot about all the programs and coaches before I cut any schools.

"I've been planning on cutting my list to seven or ten schools by the end of May. I've been thinking of doing that and then go through the full recruiting process."

Does he have a timetable for reaching a decision?

"I've been talking with my coach and hopefully I can figure out where I want to go before the season starts," said Moore. "If I do that, I can focus on my senior year and not worry about recruiting or getting injured. If I don't do that, I'll probably just shut my recruiting down during the season and then pick it back up after my year is over."

With no other visits on the horizon, Moore plans on hitting the combine tour. He will be attending the Shrine Bowl combine in Burlington and possibly the NIKE Camp in Virginia.

As a junior, Moore totaled 120 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles from his linebacker position. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder projects as a middle linebacker on the next level, and currently rates him a three-star player and the No. 17 middle linebacker prospect in the country.

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