Kendall Moore Chooses Syracuse

Syracuse got a big commitment the night before national signing day, literally and figuratively as 3-star offensive lineman Kendall Moore pledged to the Orange. The Chicago (IL) product goes in-depth on why he chose Syracuse with CuseNation.com inside.

Syracuse got a big commitment Tuesday night as 3-star offensive lineman Kendall Moore made his announcement. There were many factors that led to the Chicago (IL) product choosing the Orange.

"I just felt it was the best opportunity for me," Moore explained. "The ACC Conference really stood out to me. But more importantly, being such a great program, I felt like the coaches really wanted me. They could've easily gone and got another player but they wanted me."

With the recruiting process over, it's a big sigh of relief for the 6-foot-6 prospect. It's time now for him to put the focus back on himself.

"It's just a big burden off my shoulders," Moore admitted. "It's a monkey off my back. Now I can focus on me finally. Just like, working out and getting better and focusing on getting better instead of having to worry about a call or house visits or anything. Just get myself stronger and get better."

When the new staff joined Scott Shafer at Syracuse, there was an immediate interest on the part of Moore. The reason is due to a previous relationship he had with running backs coach DeAndre Smith.

"Well actually, coach Smith, the running backs coach, he was the one that recruited me," Moore detailed. "He was from New Mexico. It was down to New Mexico and Western Michigan for me because I really liked coach Smith. Then when he went to Syracuse, I had an offer the next day.

"That showed me that he really had interest in me. From there, it was a no brainer."

The relationship between Moore and Smith has been developed over time. That relationship helped Moore feel comfortable with Syracuse, and has him excited to play for the Orange.

"Coach Smith is just a great guy," he said. "Originally he was talking to my head coach and then my head coach got a real good feel for him. He thought that he had a real genuine interest in me. Not just as a recruiter but he was interested in me as a person. That was what stood out in the end.

"When we met and talked he was just being himself and joking around. He just made me feel like I was already part of his team."

Family is always a big factor in a prospect's recruitment. That held true for Moore, who said his family is extremely excited about his decision.

"They're excited," Moore described. "Being part of the ACC and being able to have the opportunity to get a degree from a place with the prestige of Syracuse is big. They're just happy for me that I made the decision, the decision is over with, and I can stop being stressed."

As he looks towards his future at Syracuse, Moore already has his mind set on goals for his career in Orange.

"Goals wise, it's to first establish myself as a player," he offered. "Here, I was all state and all city. So it's going to be kinda weird just being another name. So I want to establish myself as a player who can be something one day and not just an average freshman.

"Of course I want to win an ACC championship. Definitely an ACC championship."

In order to achieve those goals, Moore knows there is a lot of hard work ahead of him. Especially if he expects to contribute right away.

"I have to get accustomed to the playbook," Moore said. "I'm transitioning from a tight end and developing into a tackle. I have to get familiar with the playbook and get stronger and faster. If I do that, I'll have no problems."

Moore is extremely excited about the direction of the Syracuse program. He can't wait to get in front of the Carrier Dome crowd and show the Orange fans an exciting brand of football. Before that happens, he wants to let the fans know what they can expect from him.

"Syracuse fans can expect my all," Moore said. "For a guy like me from the south side of Chicago to even be looked at by Syracuse is great. I just want to give back, give them my all, and leave a mark on Syracuse."


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