Lewis-Moore Lands More Offers

Notre Dame will build the 2008 recruiting class with defense. Good defenses can pressure from the backside and the Irish would like to land a defensive end that is capable of getting up field. Kapron Lewis-Moore from Weatherford High School (Texas) appears to be one defensive end the Irish are after and he has been staying in touch with the Irish staff.

Notre Dame was the second scholarship offer for Kapron Lewis-Moore (6-foot-4, 225 pounds), but at the time you knew it wouldn't be the last. Since the Irish and in-state Texas A&M Aggies offered the standout defensive end just over a month ago, nine other schools have followed suit.

"Once I got an offer from Notre Dame schools just started coming," Lewis-Moore responded when asked about the rush of scholarship offers. "I have eleven total offers right now, and USC and Florida have been getting in touch the last couple weeks and I think they could offer soon.

"I didn't think it would get like this, but I'm just taking it all in. It's kind of early right now. I'm gong to take a look at all the schools, and I'm going to weigh all my options. When it starts getting closer to summer is when I'll start knocking off schools."

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Minnesota, Duke, Baylor and Illinois are the schools that have offered Kapron. Despite the increased activity by other schools, he is staying in close contact with the Notre Dame staff.

"We're just keeping it cool," Lewis-Moore said of his interaction with the Notre Dame staff. "I'm still talking to coach Ianello and coach Brown. I actually text message them quite frequently. I checked in with coach Ianello last night.

"Coach Brown and I have been texting since this all started, but we haven't really talked on the phone. We hadn't ever talked on the phone actually. Then one day I ended up calling him and I kind of surprised him. I like him. He's a pretty laid back guy. He seems pretty young. He's a real nice guy.

"The conversation was just about catching up and seeing how things were going. He talked to me about the defense. He said that they needed to get me up there for a visit. I'm pretty sure I'll be taking an official visit up there, so we were looking at my football schedule and starting to plan around that. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go up to a game."

Although Lewis-Moore has the agility to play linebacker, all the schools recruiting him would like to see his hand on the ground. If he gets a chance he'll get show the best in Texas what he can do at the Scout.com combine this Sunday.

"Everyone is recruiting me at defensive end…no outside linebacker," he explained. "Scout.com called me and said that they're having a combine at Texas Stadium on Sunday. It isn't a testing, bench press type of combine. It's more of the one-on-one passing rushing drills and stuff like that. I'm going to try my best to get there."

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