CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- T.J. Moore doesn’t just hear recruiting pitches from college coaches.
“Every day I either get something from Grant [Gibson] or Ryan [Jones],” the 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman said. “Like, ‘Hey dude, come to South Carolina.’ ‘Come to Chapel Hill.’ ‘Come to NC State.’
“It does get annoying, but I like the situation that I’m in so I can’t allow it to bother me too much.”
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a high school program in the Carolinas more loaded with major college talent than Mallard Creek. At least five Mavericks have received Power 5 offers.
Early in each of the past three months, one of those players has pledged to a school. Jones began the trend with his commitment to UNC in February; Gibson followed in March by choosing NC State; and a month ago Eric Douglas kept the streak alive by committing to South Carolina.
“Everybody is committing except for me,” Moore joked.
Moore doesn’t anticipate maintaining Mallard Creek’s monthly commitment streak.
“Really, I’m just taking my time, focusing on school,” Moore said. “I’m seeing what all comes, really. I’m not really in a rush to commit right now. But, the decision will come soon – I don’t know when it will be, but it will be soon.”
Ideally, Moore’s commitment will occur before Mallard Creek’s 2016 season.
“I do want to get it out of the way, so that it doesn’t affect the season,” Moore said.
In the meantime, the coaxing will continue, especially from Moore’s offensive linemates since the trio will spend a lot of time together on the practice field.
“I hear the same thing all the time,” Moore said. “And once one starts, another starts, especially with Grant and Eric. We’ll be out at practice and I’ll hear, ‘You’re coming to NC State, right?’ And then Eric says, ‘No, he’s coming to South Carolina.’ I’ve got to hear it every day.”
Coincidence or not, three of the four schools that have caught Moore’s eye have teammates of his on its commitment list.
“Really, I don’t have any favorites,” Moore said. “People make up stuff. But, I do like Tennessee, South Carolina, Chapel Hill, and [N.C.] State. I wouldn’t say those are my top, but those are the ones that I’m looking at right now.”
A dozen schools have offered Moore. Within that group, he admitted that UNC, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee have risen above. But, he cautioned that no school has been eliminated from contention.
“NC State, the engineering program is great,” Moore said. “Carolina, it’s just everything.
“Tennessee, I went out to Tennessee and it was just amazing. The coaches showed me a lot of love. And the energy – it was a spring game and there were like 65,000 people at a spring game. It was just crazy. So just imagine a real game.
“And South Carolina, Coach [Shawn] Elliott and Coach [Will] Muschamp are just really good people, very good coaches, and they make sure I do well in school. They want me to do well on and off the field, and I like that a lot.”
Moore elaborated on the “everything” he liked about UNC.
“It’s a good academic program and a good football team,” Moore said. “The program has good people and a good community. There’s not a downfall about Carolina at all.”
Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Queen City for UNC, and Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels’ offensive line coach, have teamed up to help Jones recruit Moore. Brewer sends Moore Twitter direct messages every morning, while Moore speaks to Kap on the phone weekly.