North Carolina Linebacker has USC Offer

Southeast Raleigh HS (Raleigh, NC) is home to one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of North Carolina's class of 2010. The 6'3", 230-pound prospect recently received an offer from defensive line coach Brad Lawing and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Read inside as has the full report on this emerging prospect.

6'3", 230-pound Southeast Raleigh HS (Raleigh, NC) linebacker Kendall Moore is quickly becoming a hot commodity in the state of North Carolina.

The heavy-hitting backer, who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, picked up an offer from South Carolina this week.

"Right now I have six offers," Moore says. "I have NC State, [North] Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina right now."

Moore is also receiving heavy interest from Clemson.

The talented linebacker described his immediate thoughts when his coach informed him of the USC offer.

"I'm real excited about that just because South Caorlina, I went down there earlier for a game," Moore said. "They played Mississippi State my sophomore year. I went down there, my cousin plays running back for Mississippi State, so I went down there halfway to see him and halfway to see them. And then I went down there again this year to see them play Tennessee. It is a real nice atmosphere. I was real impressed, so I was real happy about (the offer)."

Moore says he grew up watching Steve Spurrier's dominant Gator teams.

"They're really impressive; I like Steve Spurrier a lot," he says. "A lot of people at my school and my coach, he really thinks highly of him, just about him being a mastermind and a real good coach who always finds a way to win."

Moore was able to meet Spurrier and his recruiter of record Brad Lawing during his last trip to Columbia.

Moore could be back at South Carolina soon. He hasn't decided yet if he will attend South Carolina or Clemson's junior day next weekend. He also plans to attend Tennessee's junior day.

Moore broke down his thoughts on the other programs that have offered:

UNC: "They're a good school. It's real close to home. And I just think, right now Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, the assistant is just real nice, but I'm just trying to evaluate everything in general. I haven't really sorted things out yet, but they're pretty high."

NC State: "I've been up there a couple of times because my school is Southeast Raleigh and they're in Raleigh so I go up there all the time. I've been to a lot of games and they're a real good school. I watch them all the time. Coach [Tom] O'Brien, a lot of times I'll talk to him, so I have a real good relationship with him."

Wake Forest: "Wake Forest is really good. I like their school; I went up there a couple of days ago for their junior day and it was really nice. It was a real nice atmosphere. Coach [Steve] Russ and Coach [Brad] Lambert were real good people. They went through the system with me and showed me where I would fit in. Academically, you really can't beat them."

Maryland: "They're a good school; a linebacker who went to my school last year, Demetrius [Hartsfield], went up there and that was really what sparked my interest in them. He's up there now and I played next to him for like three years, so we have a good relationship and he tells me all the time about how he likes it up there."

West Virginia: "My coach, he has a real good relationship with them. He ends up talking to them a lot. And just the fact that they're a big BCS school every year that's what really has me interested in them. They're always in it, always in the top 25 pretty much all year."

Moore also explained the specifics of what he is looking for in the program he ultimately chooses.

"I'm pretty simple," he explained. "I like a nice defense, a nice system. Nice academics too, like I want to have a good degree too. I just really want to have a nice coach that can teach me what I need to get to the next level. All of that combined into one would make a really good school."

While Moore knows what he is looking for, he doesn't know when or where he will find it. He doesn't have a timetable for a commitment, and says it will just come when the time is right.

"I don't really have a plan, I just figure I will take it as it comes. If a school pulls away in my mind, I'm just going to go ahead and make a move on them but I don't have a timetable."

But as of now, no school has made that all-important move up Moore's list.

"Actually, right now I'm just pretty much wide open. I'm just trying to take everything in, because I figure some more schools are probably going to come down so I don't want to make a big decision by picking favorites or anything right now."

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