Moore Waiting for the Call

The Irish coaching staff has recently discovered the underrated football talent in the state of North Carolina. Traditionally known as a state crazy with basketball fever, North Carolina is also packed with talented football players, including one big-hitting linebacker named Kendall Moore.

Kendall Moore isn't as heralded as some other elite linebackers in the class of 2010, but just a peak at his sophomore highlights on will make you wonder why. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Moore can really run, cover and hit. The Irish aren't the only school that has noticed Moore's talents.

"I think I have 10 offers right now," said Moore. "West Virginia, Maryland, all the North Carolina schools like (North) Carolina, (North Carolina) State, Wake Forrest, East Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, Clemson and Florida State. My coach said more are probably coming soon."

One school who may be throwing their hat in the ring soon is Notre Dame.

"My coach has been talking with them every week," Moore said of the Irish coaching staff. "He said they're just waiting to see my junior tape and my transcript, but an offer should definitely come as soon as they see that. I know my coach mailed it off the other day so I'm just waiting."

Irish defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Corwin Brown hasn't been waiting for the official offer to build a relationship with Moore.

"I speak with coach Brown all the time," Moore said. "He told me he wanted me to call him every week and I do. He and I are pretty close already. He's just really down to earth, and I really like talking with him. He's the kind of guy you want to play for. He said he really loved my game, and it was just my sophomore highlights. He said I'm the type of player they really need up there."

Speak five minutes with Moore and one will discover a friendly and happy-go-lucky guy. It's hard to believe such a fierce competitor hides inside his personality.

"I don't know what it is," Moore said of how his disposition changes when he's on the football field. "A whole different person comes out when I step on the field. I call it my alter ego. I just love the energy and hitting."

The Raleigh, N.C. native will be doing plenty of hitting in the future for one lucky team, but the question is at what position?

"I've mainly played outside (linebacker), but I have played some inside before. I like both," Moore said. "I think I like outside a little better. I have the freedom to roam. Coach would put me on their best athlete last year, and that allowed me to do everything---hit, cover and get after the quarterback. I like be able to play in space because it allows to do everything. " Moore also said he's excited about the idea of an Irish offer if one would come his way.

"I'm looking forward to that if it happens. I hope it happens," he said. "I've been a fan of Notre Dame since I was real little. I remember watching them and watching the movies like Rudy…..all that tradition. My parents are big fans, too. I'd have to give them a real hard look if they offered. I definitely plan to go up there if they offer me. I'd really like to check out their spring game or a spring practice if I can and get to see how they run their defense."

While a potential Irish offer excites Moore, he admits he's not in any hurry to make a decision anytime soon.

"I'll probably commit whenever it feels right," he said. "I'm not in any hurry. I think it will just kind of hit me and then I'll commit somewhere. My coach says there's probably more offers coming, so I'll have to consider those as well. I'm not sure when I'll narrow my list. I think I'll just wait a bit and see what comes. I'm going to check out a few places and then we'll see what happens. My family says it's up to me. They're going to come watch me play no matter where I'm at, so they don't really care where I go to school."

The Southeast Raleigh high school star might not know where he plans to play his college football at this point, but he does know what he's looking for in a school.

"I want to go to a good academic school," he said. "I want to make sure I get a good education so I can get a good job when I'm done. That's real important. I also want to go to a school that plays the type of defense I like playing. I'm also looking for a school with good tradition and fan support. That's great to see the fans get behind their team. I'm not really sure what I'll major in, but I'm sure it's going to be something that involves business. Top Stories