UNC Offers Georgia Athlete

North Carolina was among the schools to offer Jordan Moore on Thursday.

"It's been a pretty good day – a pretty good month, a pretty good year," Moore said. "I got offered [Thursday] by Auburn, North Carolina State, North Carolina, and Michigan State."

Those offers bring Moore's scholarship total up to 15. In addition to his new additions, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete from Lithonia (Ga.) King has been offered by Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State.

The majority of Moore's offers came just after his senior football season.

"I had always been a receiver," Moore said. "The school I was at my junior year, I had gotten hurt – I broke my wrist. So I decided to focus solely on track."

After transferring from McDonough (Ga.) Union Grove to King prior to his senior year, Moore decided to give football one more try. Midway through the season, he suffered another setback – a high ankle sprain.

"I came back after three weeks and I really wanted to play," Moore said. "My coach said, ‘We're going to move you to safety.' He told me, ‘You know, safety is going to get you to the [National Football] League.'"

In three games at safety, Moore recorded five interceptions, returning four of them for touchdowns. After King ended its season with a 12-1 record, the coaching staff sent out Moore's highlight reel.

"[Colleges] have been eating [my highlight film] up," Moore said. "It was like fish bait – it was like throwing some bloody fish into some shark water."

Vic Koenning, UNC's defensive coordinator, was among the coaches impressed.

"Coach Koenning, he just offered me on the spot [when he visited my school on Thursday]," Moore said. "He said he needed some safeties – some great DBs. He told me I would have an opportunity to start as a freshman."

Koenning also discussed having Moore officially visit UNC the weekend of Jan. 27.

With Thursday's conversation being his first correspondence with UNC, Moore's knowledge of the Tar Heels is limited. However, his teammate, Kenderius Whitehead, officially visited UNC in mid-September and informed Moore of his experience.

"[Whitehead] said he loved it down there," Moore said. "He said it was a phenomenal atmosphere and he really had a great time down there."

Each of Moore's 15 scholarship offers is for football with the option to run track. However, he is technically committed to LSU for track.

"I'm looking for the option to play football down there [at LSU], but nobody has given me interest in doing so," Moore said. "So I'm keeping my options open. I want to play football with the option to run track."

Moore is No. 1 in the nation in the 55-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 7.28 seconds and is on pace to break the national record. He's also the two-time state champion in the 110-hurdles with a personal best time of 13.71 seconds.

Moore has taken official visits to Clemson and LSU (for track). The only future official trip he has scheduled is TCU the weekend of Jan. 21. He's considering officially visiting either Central Florida, NC State, and Ohio State the weekend of Jan. 13. Arkansas, Michigan State, and UNC are under consideration for the weekend of Jan. 27.

After taking his final official visit, Moore will likely know his collegiate destination.

"If I like what I see before then, then I'll probably commit before then," Jordan said.

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