Dawgs very high on Moore's list

ATHENS – Georgia's class of 2008 is already off to a good start, and the coaching staff is looking to expand it with one player from north of the Mason-Dixon.

But they don't yet have a commitment from Ohio tight end Brandon Moore.

"Georgia is my favorite right now," Moore said in a telephone interview.

Moore indicated that he has offers from the Bulldogs, Stanford, Ole Miss and Nebraska. He also said his high school team went to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, which was considered a major success for his school.

"We were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs," he disappointingly acknowledged.

If the Bulldogs are going to stay at the tope team on Moore's list, they are going to have to hold off in-state Ohio State to do it. The Buckeyes are hosting Moore and some of his high school teammates this weekend.

Moore said he doesn't know what to expect from the trip, but that he has not yet been offered by the Buckeyes.

"Ohio State is showing interest, but they have not offered," he said.

Still, Moore said, an offer from Ohio State would not mean his home-state school would jump over the Bulldogs to lead the pack.

"It would put them up there with Georgia, but it would not make them even with Georgia – Georgia would still be the favorite," he confirmed.

The Bulldogs' lead is as a result of Georgia coaches jumping on Moore faster than any other school.

"They were the first to offer me," Moore said. "I went down there ad I liked it. I really liked the dorm rooms down there."

Moore's relationship with Georgia tight ends coach David Johnson is another reason the Dawgs are leading the pack.

"I call Coach Johnson about once a week," Moore said. "I keep in touch with him."

Johnson found out about Moore by accident – well, not total accident. Trotwood-Madison coaches mailed out film to all major colleges of players from their team. Georgia coaches picked up the phone right away, thinking Moore was a senior, to try to persuade him to come to Athens. But Moore was only a junior, and the Dawgs were the first to call – according to Moore that matters.

But that's not the only reason Moore is excited about the Dawgs.

"I want a school with good academics," Moore pointed out. "Right now I am number one in my class, and school matters to me. Also, I want a school with a winning tradition. It doesn't hurt that Georgia passes to the tight end a lot, too."

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