Hillsborough DT Earl Moore has USF in Top 5

Tampa standout Earl Moore had an impressive junior season and is one of the top defensive tackles in Florida for 2012. The 6-foot-2, 285 pound DT has an impressive list of offers and names a top five. Read on for all the details and see where the Bulls stand. Stay informed with USFNation.com

Hillsborough's Earl Moore is one of the top interior defensive linemen in the Sunshine State for the 2012 class. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle helped lead his team to an 8-4 record and has been working hard to improve in all aspects of his game for his senior season.

"As a team we've been working hard to get everybody into the groove and become a more physical team," said Moore. "My main focus is to improve in all areas of my game and to become a greater threat than I was last year. I'm working on reading plays, using my hands and becoming a more dominant player."

The 6-foot-2, 285 pound lineman has a muscular frame with great strength in his upper and lower body, but is working to get stronger and more agile at the same time.

"I've gotten a lot stronger and I'm up to 325 pound bench and squatting 600 pounds," said Moore. "I'm working on becoming more flexible, looser, and more agile. Doing a lot of stretching, doing drills and whatever my coach tells me to do."

As a junior Moore fought through constant double-teams and still totaled 75 total tackles and 4 sacks, a tipped pass and a blocked field goal, and knows what makes him a good player.

"As a player I've always had a positive attitude and coaches say I have a good character. I'm able to use my size, strength and speed to my advantage, and I'm aggressive. I can fight through double-teams or whatever they throw at me and be disruptive," said Moore. "The big things I want to work on is my flexibility, speed, and agility."

Moore has already racked up numerous offers and is hearing from different programs from around the country on a regular basis and his offer list just grew to 11.

"Recruiting is going good and I just three new offers from North Carolina, Minnesota, and Georgia Southern," said Moore. "I now have 11 offers including FSU, UF, Miami, South Florida, Texas Tech, South Carolina, Southern California, and Rutgers."

With Hillsborough spring football kicking off last week, plenty of college coaches have been stopping by to see the big D-lineman.

"Yes sir a lot have been coming by the last week," said Moore. "I had a coach from USF come by, a coach from South Carolina, and Minnesota and Miami all came by. Georgia hasn't offered, but I've been talking with them."

With an impressive list of offers, Moore said he has a short list of schools standing out to him.

"Yes sir I have a top five schools," said Moore. "Those schools are FSU, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Georgia, and USF. They're all even right now."

All the schools are recruiting him hard and Moore said the school that's been on him the longest is USF and talks about what puts the Bulls among his top choices.

"USF is a very good school and they're coming up as a program and have great coaches. They're also very close to home and I only live about 10 minutes from campus," said Moore. "Their coaches are real cool and good people. Head Coach Holtz is a real good coach and a good person with big plans in store

"I've talk with a lot of their staff but been talking the most with coaches Kevin Patrick and Todd Fitch," said Moore. "They're two great guys and both are great coaches and I like them a lot. Coach Patrick is a great guy and I like the way they play defense, their ‘D' is definitely on the rise."

Moore has also been to the USF campus, caught a few games and watched the team practice and liked what he saw.

"The USF campus was real nice, they got great facilities and are doing a lot of building which will help them next year," said Moore. "I liked the weight room and the new practice fields are very nice and think they'll be a great benefit to the team. Everything they're doing is up and coming at USF."

Moore also has several former teammates on the USF roster and talks with them

"Yes sir, I know Lindsey Lamar and Terrence Mitchell, we're close and talk or Facebook all the time," said Moore. "They're doing very well there and tell me about how they're doing and how much they like the school. That it's a good program, what they're doing with the facility upgrades, and how they help you academically. They tell me a lot of good things about USF."

The Hillsborough stand-out said he doesn't have leader out of his group of favorites, but does know what he's looking for in a program.

"First off I'm looking at academics and that they have my major, physical therapy and I want to feel at home and comfortable with the coaches and the players," said Moore. "I'm also looking for a program that will give me a good opportunity to play and playing time. I also want a place that is known to develop great defensive linemen and for put them in the NFL."

Moore said he doesn't have a timeframe for making his decision, and isn't sure if he'll commit early or late, but plans on taking some visits and attending camps this summer

"I'll take some visits but I don't know where just yet, but I plan on going to several team camps this summer," said Moore. "The coaches from Miami want me to come to a camp and I'm sure I'll go to the USF SuperBull camp. I'll probably go to a few others as well."

"Making a college decision isn't my top concern right now," said Moore. "My main focus is on spring ball and getting my team ready for next season and the play-offs."

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