Evans and Wood Are Working On Moore

SAN ANTONIO - It's a dead period in recruiting right now, but that hasn't stopped four-star safety Byron Moore from being influenced by Notre Dame people while at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl this week.

Over the last couple days, Irish verbal commits Shaquelle Evans and Cierre Wood have tried to recruit their fellow Californian and West teammate to their future school in South Bend.

"They're just telling me all the good things about Notre Dame and why they chose it, and how they want to be a part of the rebuilding process, stuff like that," Byron Moore explained.

Out of Nathaniel Narbonne High in the Los Angeles area, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Moore is a soft verbal commit to USC, but is still listening to what Notre Dame and LSU have to say.

"I talk to all three of them once a week," he said.

Moore took an official visit to Notre Dame for the home finale against Syracuse, and since then hosted an in-home visit with Irish head coach Charlie Weis. Assistant coach Brian Polian is a regular presence as well, taking several flights out to see Moore.

"They're still recruiting me hard," Moore said. "Coach Polian is calling me like every week, and he's been to California like four times, so they're just recruiting me hard, so I've been still keeping in contact with them until I make my decision to go ahead and end my recruiting process. So in terms of that, I'll still keep in contact with them."

Moore listed numerous reasons as to why the Irish are among his finalists.

"Just the way they run their whole program," he began. "They're real family oriented. They just take care of all their players. The coaching staff is real cool. The facilities are great, and they gave great academics, so its' a real top school, and to have a Notre Dame degree would say a lot.

"I think they only have two or three safeties coming back after this year, so I definitely would be able to play early if I choose to go there."

Moore didn't play much defense in high school. This past season, he hauled in 40 passes for a team high 773 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Moore was in on 25 total tackles with three interceptions and a fumble recovery. He also talked about a possible drawback to Notre Dame.

"Just, I don't even know, USC is close to home so that's the keeping me committed to them," Moore explained. "They have a great program and are always competing for a National Championship, so that's why I committed to S.C."

With that being said, the other program Moore is still considering, LSU, is also a long way for home.

"I always followed their program," Moore said. "They play in the SEC conference, so that's a real tough conference. I might take a trip out there to learn more about it and see how I like it."

This week, Moore is trying to not think about recruiting so much, and enjoy his time in San Antonio.

"I will probably make my final decision a few weeks before signing day," Moore said.

"It will be just where I fit best, and which program I'm most comfortable with, and seeing who I have the best opportunity to play early with."

All things Evans and Wood are trying to say are there for him at Notre Dame.

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