2010 Intro: Kendall Moore

RALEIGH, N.C. --- Kendall Moore batted 1.000 on the summer camping circuit heading into his junior season. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound athlete from Raleigh (N.C.) Southeast attended three camps and walked away with three verbal scholarship offers.

Moore's final camping stop was in Chapel Hill, where he spent two days at North Carolina's camp.

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"At the camp, [Tommy Thigpen] told me he was going to offer me," Moore said. "… He talked to my dad and my coach a couple of days after the camp and that's when it went down."

Throughout his time at UNC's camp, Moore worked out with the linebackers under the guidance of Thigpen.

"You could tell that he knows what he's talking about," Moore said. "When we were doing one-on-ones, I remember he was giving me tips. I got two interceptions in a row, but the [third] guy got past me. He gave me a tip and it helped me – I ended up making another interception."

Before heading to UNC's camp, Moore camped at NC State and Wake Forest, and left with verbal offers from both schools.

After September 1, the first day juniors can be officially offered, NC State put its scholarship in writing. Also, Maryland sent a scholarship offer to Moore.

Daniel Finn, Southeast's head football coach, says he hears from the four aforementioned schools "regularly." Additionally, several other schools have inquired about Moore and appear to be on the verge of offering.

"Virginia and East Carolina have really started calling and picking up," Finn said. "They came by here the last couple of weeks a couple of times. Both of those guys said they're pretty close to offering him once they evaluate their needs.

"Actually since Tennessee has gotten their staff in place, I've heard from them quite a bit. I've sent them tape and I've talked to them a few times. It wouldn't surprise me if they came along and offered. They're kind of behind right now."

Moore's main attraction is his versatility. While he practiced at linebacker for UNC, NC State's coaching staff worked Moore out at defensive end and tight end at their camp. Wake Forest's coaching staff said they like him at both tight end and linebacker. Oklahoma, another school that has expressed interest, says he is their ideal fit at linebacker.

While Finn readily admits Moore's versatility will allow him to excel at any position, Finn believes Moore projects best as a weak-side outside linebacker.

"I think right now with his build and speed, I see him more as an outside linebacker," Finn said. "He's an athlete. He can get out in space and cover, and you're never going to out run him side to side or get around him. If you put him on the edge, he could be a problem."

Since his freshman season, Moore has been a versatile defensive weapon for Southeast. He has lined up at inside and outside linebacker, and defensive end.

"When we played passing teams during his freshman and sophomore years, we put him at defensive line and said ‘Here, just go rush the quarterback,'" Finn said. "Just with his speed and his size, wherever we need someone to go that week, Kendall is usually the person we move around, because he can do it all, defensively."

Last season, Moore started out at weak-side defensive end, where his primary objective was to rush the passer.

"Our philosophy is start with our D-line – make that the best we can – and then work backwards," Finn said.

When Southeast's starting inside linebacker got injured, Moore's usage was altered.

"It depended on what kind of offense we were playing," Finn said. "If teams were going to run the ball, we kept Kendall inside the box to stop the run. If they were going to pass, we put him on the edge to either rush or drop back into coverage."

Moore ended the season with 120 tackles, three forced fumbles, and six sacks.

Also last season, Moore got his first taste of offense playing tight end and wide receiver where he caught 30 passes, including seven touchdowns.

"We put him at tight end and he turned out to be a really good run blocker for us," Finn said. "Then we tried to play around with him doing some one-on-one screens to the sidelines. We figured he was bigger than most corners in high school. He did really well in that."

With the addition of offense to his duties list, Moore rarely left the field during the course of the game, since he also plays on just about every special teams unit. "We tried to take him off some to give him a break, but with his size and his speed and understanding of the game, we needed him on the field as much as possible," Finn said. "His versatility was very big for us."

Nearly a year away from Signing Day, Moore doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"Right now, I'm pretty much wide open," Moore said. "I don't want to put them in order. They all look good."

To help develop a favorites list, Moore plans to make a lot of unofficial visits this spring.

"I think I'm going to hit up some SEC junior days like Tennessee and South Carolina," Moore said. "After that, I want to take some unofficial visits and really get a feel for the schools."

Moore hopes to continue his success on the camping circuit this summer.

"My dad and I were talking about going to some camps that are farther like Ohio State or LSU – some bigger schools," Moore said. "But right now, I haven't figured all that out yet."

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