Just because a recruit is late for a junior day event on-campus doesn't mean he won't commit. Just ask Rowlett defensive end DaMontre Moore who got lost on the drive to College Station and missed all of the Texas A&M practice where the staff hosted 10-15 targeted recruits this past weekend.
"We made a right turn at Highway 6 in Waco and we should've turned left. When we found out we made a wrong turn and were going to be late I called the coaches and said we were going to go back home since we missed practice," Moore said. "But they told us to come on that there was a lot more going on, so we finally got there when the players were working with the kids after practice."
The 6-foot-6, 224-pound defensive end made up for lost time eating lunch with some of the coaches, meeting with engineering professors and academic counselors before getting to meet one-on-one with defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and head coach Mike Sherman.
"I want to study aerospace engineering so it was good to meet with the academic people from the engineering college. I did some research and Texas A&M has one of the best engineering schools in the country," Moore said. "Everybody I met was great there. The players were down to earth and friendly. We walked around campus and it was nice. I felt comfortable with the environment and the people."
So when Coach Sherman met with the rangy defensive end with sub-4.7 speed and asked him what he thought about Texas A&M and if he'd consider playing football for the Aggies, the coach got a big surprise.
"Coach Sherman asked me what I thought of Texas A&M and I said ‘It's great. I like it here'," Moore said. "He then asked me if I was thinking about coming here to play football and I said ‘Yes sir. I am. I'd like to commit'."
Thus ended one of the quickest recruitments in recent memory on a visit that almost didn't happen because of a wrong turn in Waco. Moore chose the Aggies over strong interest from TCU, UNLV, and SMU. Texas A&M was his first offer, although interest was picking up for the dynamic pass rusher. The newest A&M commit discussed his attributes on the field.
"I'm pretty quick and fast for my size and I like being aggressive and going after the football," Moore said. "I'm completely focused on getting the job done and my mental approach is a big strength I think."
Moore indicated that the A&M coaches need a big-time pass rushing defensive end and felt he was a perfect fit for what the team is trying to do on defense.
"They want to add more speed to the defense and pressure the quarterback like they did with the Wrecking Crew back in the 1980's and 1990's," Moore said. "They told me not to gain any weight and to focus on gaining more speed. They will take care of the weight when I get here."
Moore said that his commitment this weekend ends the recruiting process even if other schools try to recruit him. He plans to return for the spring game on April 18 and vows not to be late this time since he knows the way. His commitment ends a productive weekend for the Aggies, landing four prospects in the past three days.
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