In The End, It's ND for Lewis-Moore

From the beginning, Kapron Lewis-Moore always had Notre Dame on his list of favorites, but the Irish never held the top spot.

That was until the very end.

In pretty much the final hour of the 2008 recruiting process, Kapron Lewis-Moore de-committed from Texas A&M a second time, and gave a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

"I'm going to be going to Notre Dame to play some football," an excited Lewis-Moore told Irish Eyes on Sunday night. He added that he will play outside linebacker, the WILL position in Corwin Brown's defense.

"I pretty much decided it this past weekend. I talked it over with my Mom, and after football, Notre Dame will get you places. It's a once and a lifetime thing. Not a lot of people can say they will graduate from Notre Dame."

Lewis-Moore is now one of those few people, as he joins one of the top recruiting classes in the country. His call to Irish assistant coach Rob Ianello made him the 23rd commitment in Notre Dame's class.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound standout from Weatherford, Texas picked the Irish over Colorado, Kansas and obviously Texas A&M. He had several offers including ones from powerhouse programs like Oklahoma and Michigan.

Lewis-Moore visited Notre Dame for the first time the weekend of Jan. 18th, and had a great time. But when he returned home, Lewis-Moore decided he still wanted to be an Aggie. He originally gave a verbal commitment to Texas A&M back in August, but when head coach Dennis Franchione was let go, Lewis-Moore decided to explore a couple other options.

New Aggie head coach Mike Sherman stepped in, and appeared to squelch any nerves Lewis-Moore had about playing in College Station. However, that was short lived.

"Pretty much, it was kind of a situation with A&M, and I didn't like the way it was handled," Lewis-Moore said.

When Lewis-Moore told the Irish coaches that he was going to stick with his commitment to Texas A&M, Irish head coach Charlie Weis left him with a message.

"Coach Weis called me up and told me if you have second thoughts, I have a spot for you until signing day," Lewis-Moore said. "And my Mom loved it up there, and I loved it up there, so it was an easy decision."


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