Va. LB A Top Junior Target for UNC

Kwontie Moore was among the recruits in Kenan Stadium last Saturday for North Carolina's ACC bout with Georgia Tech.

"It was a good atmosphere," Moore said. "[The fans] know who their players are and there was a lot of excitement. Even though they lost, it didn't matter – I know they're still working hard. It was really fun to have that opportunity to see that [game]."

Moore, a 2012 linebacker from Norfolk (Va.) Christian, has made multiple prior trips to Chapel Hill, including last winter for a UNC basketball game and in June for UNC's camp, which resulted in a verbal scholarship offer. The 6-foot-1, 242-pounder has also collected verbal offers from NC State and Virginia (per an NCAA rule, prospects now can't receive official, written offers until August 1 of their senior year).

Moore made Saturday's visit to UNC with one of his coaches and UNC basketball commitment James McAdoo. They arrived that morning and were given a campus tour.

"[The visit] went really well," Moore said. "It was really fun… The campus is nice. It's good to see all the Carolina Blue. And it was a good game."

Although the game day schedule prevented him from speaking to any of UNC's main coaches, outside of exchanging pleasantries, Moore did talk extensively with Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel.

"I talked to [Berry] during the game and during the tour," Moore said. "He was just saying they want me there, I'm one of the people they're looking forward to seeing coming back, and the offer is there for me to come there."

Following the game, Moore and McAdoo met with the UNC basketball coaches and then headed home.

With multiple campus visits behind him, Moore has a good feel for UNC.

"I think it's a good family atmosphere," Moore said. "It's a great school to be at. [It has] good colors. I see positive things going on around North Carolina. I like the coaching staff. I haven't seen any negatives about it."

Regardless, it's too early for Moore to name favorite schools.

"I'm just trying to keep my options open," Moore said.

Moore plans to make a verbal commitment sometime next summer.

"I want to make sure I secure my spot, but I don't want to rush it," Moore said. "… I want to relax my whole senior year [and] get ready for college."

With McAdoo, who Moore calls his "best friend," verbally committed, UNC has "a little advantage" over other schools, Moore said.

"[McAdoo] has been really close with me, ever since I came to Norfolk," Moore said.

Moore, who also plays running back for Norfolk, has been a starter since his freshman year.

Moore has also attended football games at NC State (30-19 over Cincinnati) and Virginia (34-13 over Richmond) this season. Although he doesn't have any set plans, he's interested in attending games at Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and return to Virginia.

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