DE Moore Already Familiar With Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- One of the top attractions at the NLA big man combine on the Rutgers campus was DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive end Michael Moore. He holds a Rutgers offer, and lived up to his billing as a high-profile recruit with his performance. Moore spoke to about his recruitment, and whether he wants to end it early.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- One of the hottest recruits in the mid-Atlantic region is DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive end Michael Moore, whose offer list has grown exponentially lately.

He holds offers from 16 schools, including Rutgers, and was on the Rutgers campus for the second time in a month over the weekend when he participated in the New Level Athletics Elite Linemen Challenge.

"I wanted to come out here and go against the best linemen in the (region)," Moore said while inside the practice bubble on the Busch Campus.

The surroundings were familiar.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Moore was on the Rutgers campus in January for junior day and left with an offer from the Scarlet Knights. He also has been in contact with the Rutgers staff lately, speaking with Scarlet Knights assistant coach P.J. Fleck and coach Greg Schiano via phone last week.

"The only schools I've been to are Virginia, Tennessee and Rutgers," Moore said. "For spring break I plan to take a visit out to all the schools.

Moore showed good speed and burst at the NLA event, showcasing why some many schools are suddenly recruiting him. His spring travels will be plentiful given the attention he is receiving.

In addition to the three schools he visits, Moore holds offers from Michigan State, Toledo, Penn State, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Louisville, Illinois, Florida State, Florida, Boston College, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Miami.

"All the schools I've been to, they're all great schools," Moore said. "The coaches have great staffs, they're real good family guys, so they all know what they're talking about. That's what I look for, and they've got great tradition.

"When I go to a school, I want to see great tradition there. It's more about how they treat their players there. It really doesn't matter SEC, ACC, Big East. I just want to get out and see the schools."

However, the burst of interest could alter Moore's timetable for a decision.

"I always wanted to commit early so I have that college I want to go to done early and then concentrate on the season," he said. "But it's coming so fast and a lot of schools are coming in, so it's getting harder."

An interesting side note is Moore's dad, Shawn, is a former Virginia quarterback and he is on the Cavalier's staff.

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