Moore Talks Notre Dame Visit

Most schools are recruiting Michael Moore to play defensive end, so it was a surprise to hear the Notre Dame wanted to move him to linebacker. The defensive standout from DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Mary.) hasn't played the position before, but he's intrigued by the possibility.

Michael Moore (6-foot-4, 245-pounds) was one of the top recruiting prospects at the Notre Dame junior day on Saturday. It was Moore's first visit to South Bend, and he plans to get back at some point this spring.

"It was my first time being up there, so I didn't know much about them," Moore said. "The thing that stood out was the academics, because they're real big on academics. The graduate 98 percent of their athletes, and that's a big thing for me and my family, because I need to have a life after football.

"It's a potential school that I may want to go to one day, so I wanted to check it out and see where they're coming from and see how they'd use me in their system. I wanted to meet all the coaches and see all the facilities. I wanted to see how the academics were and just see everything. It was a real good trip.

"When I go to a school, I try to see if they have a great tradition," he said. "I like Notre Dame, because they have a great tradition and it's just like DeMatha. It's a Catholic school. It's a religious school. They're real strict on academics, so it would be an easy transition.

"It was a good visit, so I definitely want to get back down there for one of their spring practices. I definitely want to get back down there, because it was a good visit.

Moore has roughly 16 scholarship offers, one of which is from Notre Dame. If Moore decides to take Notre Dame up on their invitation, he'll likely find himself at a different position than what he plays at DeMatha.

"I got my offer from Notre Dame a couple weeks ago," Moore explained. "I got to talk to the coaches and see where they'd like to play me. I talked to coach Cooks a lot. He told me how I fit into their defense. He said that he'd like me to play the outside linebacker (CAT) in their ‘3-4' defense.

"That's a real big thing, because I've never played outside linebacker before and they said that they thought that I could do it. That stuck out a little bit, and it seems like it would be a real fun thing to do. I never thought I could play that, but I really just want to go out there and play." Top Stories