Five-Star Safety Set for Visit

North Carolina has once again benefited from having one of the nation's top recruiters on its staff. John Blake, UNC's recruiting coordinator, has scored an official visit from Rahim Moore, a five-star prospect.

"Him being a Christian man and him treating me the way he treats me, it gave me another way of being interested," Moore said of Blake's impact.

"Also, I already knew they have a good coaching staff with Butch Davis. He coached the great Ed Reed, my favorite player in NFL history. When I realized that and I knew what he did at Miami and how he got Miami started, I figured he will do the same at North Carolina.

"So I want to go down there and check it out."

Moore, a 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, verbally committed to UCLA in March, but made the decision to take all five of his official visits before the season began.

"I'm still committed, but also I'm looking elsewhere because you never know so you should have a backup plan," Moore said. "I'm still open, but really I'm still committed. So I'm making sure I'm making the right decision for myself. This is one of the biggest decisions I'll ever make in my life."

Moore has already taken official visits to Arizona State, Georgia, and UCLA. After visiting UNC this weekend, he'll take an official trip to Texas on January 24th.

Moore said he first met Blake following his junior season.

"My coach on my football team is like best friends with Coach Blake," Moore said.

Moore says his relationship with Blake is one of the strongest among his recruiting contacts. Moore himself has initiated some of their phone conversations.

"First of all, we talk about God and stuff like that," Moore said. "We talk about what I want to study, what can he do to help me, how the fit for me at North Carolina is perfect. And also he talks about the upcoming plans they have, their goals, and how they're a couple of players away from a national championship -- I would love to be a part of that.

"The one thing about him that separates him from everybody is he asks about everything besides football – my grades, how my mom is, my family. He gives me advice on some things that I really need to hear as a man. I don't really have that father figure and he really steps in that role."

As the past year went on, Moore's relationship with UNC progressed.

"My interest grew higher and higher," Moore said. "The more I talked about them, and the more I checked them out and did my homework on them, I liked them more. That's why I can't wait to get down there. I'm really excited."

By the end of January, Moore will finalize his collegiate choice.

"My decision is not just a football thing, but also about a degree," Moore said. "I want to either study in chemical engineering or get a degree in real estate or also I'm looking at communications.

"I want to have a good college environment – be around different ethnic backgrounds, be around a diverse group of people. I'm looking for a coaching staff that will get me ready for football, but also make me a better man."

UNC is in very good position for Moore, who has never traveled farther east than Georgia.

"They're in my top two," Moore said. "UCLA and North Carolina are on top."

Moore said UNC is recruiting him as a defensive back with an emphasis on free safety.

"I like to be the one that the whole team relies on as the last line of defense," Moore said. "I want to have that responsibility of not letting anyone past me."

Moore plays all over the field for Dorsey – free safety, cornerback, receiver, punt return, and kick return. He ended his senior season with seven interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Moore also scored nine touchdowns on receptions and returned a punt and two kickoffs back to for touchdowns.

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