Kendall Moore (6-foot-2.5, 229-pounds) was in South Bend during the summer when the most people were thinking about the beach. This time he'll arrive with thousands of other people with Notre Dame and USC on their mind.
"I'm definitely ready," Moore said when asked about his pending trip. "I don't know what to expect to be honest with you. I've heard a lot about the atmosphere and how great things are. I'm definitely expecting to see a lot of people and a lot of fans out there. I'm really just coming in with an open mind and see what happens. I'm anxious to see what happens. I'm pretty excited about the game and I think we have a good chance of beating them, especially with the bye week. I'm definitely looking forward to a good game and I'm looking forward to having a good weekend up there.
"I've talked to Chris Martin and he said that he'd be up there. I talked to Prince Shembo a couple weeks ago and he told me he was going up there. I should be able to see a lot of recruits and I also heard there are going to be some other guys that aren't committed that will be there.
"Most of my questions have been answered in terms of recruiting," he explained. "I've seen all the academic stuff I've seen before. I like the position I'm at now as far as recruiting. It's good to have it done with. I'm pretty set. I guess the only thing left is that I haven't seen the atmosphere of a game. I've never seen the entire situation, so it will be good to see that."
At home, Southeast Raleigh High School (N.C.) has rolled out to an 8-0 record, but Moore is expecting his team to find out how good they are in the coming weeks.
"We've been beating people pretty bad, but we have three tough games coming up," Moore said. "I'm doing real good. My coaches are moving me around to deal with the ‘running away from me' concept that teams have been using. I'm starting to get used to it and deal with it.
"On offense I'm playing tight end, a little receiver and a little bit of running back. We've had some injuries, so we've moved out of our spread set. We've been running more of a pro-set with the tight end. I've been doing more blocking now. Things are going good though. I haven't scored or anything, but I've been doing some good things blocking for the offense."