Notre Dame in Maryland DE Moore's Top 5?

DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive end Michael Moore is getting ready to trim to his top five, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about Notre Dame's chances of making the list. Moore also talked about how the Irish plan to use him in their defense.

DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive lineman Michael Moore is planning on trimming his list to a top five in the coming days, but given his summer plans, it is safe to say Notre Dame will be on it.

Moore, who is 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, is organizing a trip to South Bend, Ind., for the coming weeks.

"I'm still staying in contact with (Irish assistant) Kerry Cooks," Moore said." I've been there before and I really liked my visit when I was there.

"I may try to get out there in the summer time, like early summer, because I want to be able to make my decision before the season."

Moore is still formulating his summer schedule plans, but before doing so wants to narrow down his considerable list of suitors.

"I haven't had a chance to trim it, but I'm trying to get a top five by the time I get out of school," said Moore, who has more than three dozen offers. "Our last day of school is June 2. (Notre Dame) will probably be in it."

Moore's previous visit to campus was for Notre Dame's junior day, and he came away impressed with the campus and school, and intrigued about how the Irish would use him.

"When I went there, I got to talk to them about their defense, and how they see me fitting into it," Moore said. "They see me as one of their ‘Cat' linebackers, one of their outside linebackers, in their 3-4 defense."

Moore had eight sacks as a junior, and all his playing experience has come as a defensive lineman.

So, how would he react to a hybrid position of playing like a linebacker and also with his hand on the ground at the line of scrimmage?

"I don't really know because I haven't played that position before," Moore said. "I always played on the defensive line. I never had a chance to play standing up like that, but it sounds like something exciting to be able to do."

In making a college decision, Moore said the location doesn't matter, as long as it an easy place for his family to get to so they can see him play.


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