“I was impressed,” Moore said. “I felt like it was a place I could definitely be at. The students seem cool. It seemed like a great environment and academically it seemed like it would be a good fit, as well. I like them. Obviously, I’ll have to wait to see whenever Coach Heck [Keith Heckendorf] is ready to pull the trigger [with an offer]. But it’s a good school for sure.”
Speaking of which, Heckendorf, UNC’s quarterbacks coach, updated Moore, a 6-foot, 172-pounder from Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton, on where the Tar Heels stood with a potential scholarship offer.
“He said everything is there for an offer, but he said he just wants to wait,” Moore said. “He said he’s waiting for Jawon [Pass].”
Moore said that Heckendorf didn’t mention any other quarterback prospect by name. That could be because Moore is quite familiar with Pass since they both are Georgia products and have attended many of the same camps.
Regardless, Moore isn’t soured by Heckendorf’s scholarship offer update.
“I’m kind of used to it at this point,” Moore said. “It’s not a turn off. It is what it is. I’d rather hear that than a lie. Honesty is something I’d rather have.”
It doesn’t hurt that Moore has plenty of opportunities. Fifteen schools have offered him, including Colorado State, Houston, Illinois, Oregon State, and Wake Forest.
Of his offers, two programs stick out – Houston and Wake Forest.
“First of all, I used to live in Texas and Houston has always been the school that’s always been on my mind,” Moore said. “Coach [Tom] Hermann, the new coach from Ohio State, you saw what he did with the three Ohio State quarterbacks. All three of them are completely different quarterbacks, but he could just mold them into the perfect fit for his offense. And they weren’t the only quarterbacks that he’s coached. And then Coach [Major] Applewhite and I have developed a good relationship and I like him a lot. In the offense they’re going to run, they’re going to throw a lot and it’s going to be a lot of quarterback centric stuff. And I like the state of Texas a lot, so Houston is really attractive to me.
“Wake Forest is unique to me, because it’s close to where I live now and I’m confident in my abilities to come in and compete for the job early on. And I like my relationship with Coach [Warren] Ruggiero – I just got off the phone with him about a minute ago, actually. I have a real good feel for them.
Moore has visited Wake Forest, but has yet to see Houston in person. He’s scheduled to include Houston, along with SMU and Texas A&M, within a Long Star State swing next week. He also will likely return to Wake Forest in the coming months.
In addition to UNC and Wake Forest, Moore has visited Clemson, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The last time Moore visited UNC was during an early season victory over San Diego State.
Tuesday’s visit provided Moore an opportunity to fully evaluate Heckendorf as a coach. Moore was able to observe Heck in a QB meeting and then a practice later that afternoon.
“I loved it,” Moore said. “He’s exactly what I’m looking for in a college coach – someone that can push me mentally and physically to be the best that I can be. I want someone that’s going to keep me on my toes and stretch me to greatness, which is where I want to be. And I feel like he is a coach that can bring me to that.”
Moore, who departed campus midway through practice, began his UNC visit at about 10:30 that morning. Upon his arrival that morning, he spoke to Heckenforf for about ten minutes and then received a campus tour.
“I liked the part in the locker room where they have your level of commitment, like compelled,” Moore said. “But I liked everything I saw.”
Once he returned from his tour, Moore reconnected with Heckendorf for a meeting in his office.
“We went over plays and I drew on the whiteboard,” Moore said.”I definitely could see myself in that offense.”
Last season at Milton, Moore shared quarterback snaps with senior Austin McLeod.
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