CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- In a reversal, T.J. Moore has sped up his commitment timeframe.
“[A commitment] will definitely happen before the season,” Moore said. “But I want to do it pretty soon after spring practice.
“But I do still want to take at least three official visits [this fall].”
Less than a month ago, Moore was exercising patience with his decision. While his Mallard Creek teammates were making commitments, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman targeted a preseason pledge.
“I’m just ready to get it out of the way, because people keep asking me,” Moore said. “It’s not that it’s getting annoying, because I’m proud to be where I’m at. But, both of my best friends have committed, Grant [Gibson] and Eric [Douglas], so it’s about that time for me.”
Moore doesn’t have any exact date for a decision, but now says the sooner, the better.
“Every school that has offered me, there’s something I like about them,” Moore said. “Everything’s pretty equal; so there’s really no South Carolina up top or NC State at top or Chapel Hill at the top. It’s all the same.”
While none of the 15 offering schools have been eliminated, Moore admitted that Maryland, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech have risen above the crowd.
“Those six just really keep in touch with me [and] make sure I’m good in and out of the classroom,” Moore said. “Those six schools have talked to my parents and made sure to meet them, and that really separates them a lot.”
Furthermore, Moore revealed that he “kind of, sort of” is leaning towards a school, but he doesn’t want to let the cat out of the bag until he’s much more certain.
Before committing, Moore hopes to travel to Oregon, return to Florida State for a more in-depth visit, and make his postponed UNC trip.
Originally, Moore and his father were supposed to visit UNC in April. But, a family situation prevented the trip from occurring. He’s now looking to set something up once school lets out.
“Really, I want to see how people interact with each other down there,” Moore said. “And I want to meet up with some more of the offensive line to see how they act and see how much they like it. It’s really getting time for me to commit, so I want to figure out is [UNC] really for me.”
Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Queen City for UNC, attended Mallard Creek’s practice on Wednesday.
Douglas and Gibson, Moore’s best friends/linemates, have been aggressively recruiting Moore for NC State and South Carolina, respectively. Moore also hears pro-UNC recruiting pitches from Ryan Jones, but they are much more subtle.
“When [Ryan and I] are with each other alone when we go out somewhere, he’s like, ‘You know you need to come to Chapel Hill,’” Moore said. “He tries to do it slick. He tries to do it when nobody is looking.”