Defensive end candidate Kyle Moore has had a busy summer. "I didn't attend any camps this summer because I had turf toe," Moore said. "I did take some unofficial visits to Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Georgia Tech."
Moore said he was impressed with his unofficial visits. "I liked them all. They all had something I liked about them," Moore said. "Georgia and Georgia Tech have a lot of defensive ends coming back. Auburn needs some defensive ends. Florida has some defensive ends coming back, but a lot of them would graduate shortly after I got there. Florida State has a lot of defensive ends. I liked all the coaches at the schools I visited."
Moore didn't need to attend camps after posting 89 tackles, 15 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in his junior season. Plenty of schools are interested in Moore.
"I have over 25 offers I think. Pretty much all the SEC, ACC and some Big 10 schools," Moore said.
The Irish have also offered Moore. "Yes, they offered me in writing," Moore said when asked if the Irish had officially offered him. "I like Notre Dame a lot. I have a lot of my family that want me to go up there. They had a great year two years ago under Tyrone Willingham.
"I like Tyrone Willingham. I don't know what happened last year. Maybe they lost all their people. They need to get their offense going. It looks like they're a rebuilding up there. I think it would be a great opportunity to go play there."
Many players who live in SEC country end up playing for a SEC school in the end. We asked Moore if he were likely to stay close to home when he made his final decision.
"I'll go anywhere to play," Moore said. "It doesn't matter to me where I go. I lived in Texas until the 7th grade so I'm not set on staying here. I'll go where I feel the most comfortable."
Moore has the rest of his recruitment pretty much planned out at this point.
"I plan to take all of my official visits," said Moore. "I plan to take a couple official visits during my off weeks and the rest after my season. I'll make my announcement on signing day."
We asked Moore what factors would be important to him when making his final decision. "The coaches being there," he said. "Coaching stability will be important. The surroundings and how I fit in will also be important. And, I don't want to go to a boring school. I know I won't have time to do much, but when I do, I want to have something to do."
Moore is also a solid student in the classroom. "I have a 3.0 in my core now. I scored a 980 on my S.A.T.," Moore said when asked if he's qualified.
Does Moore have a list of favorites at this point? "Not really," Moore said. "I'm pretty open. I haven't narrowed it down yet."