Moore Discusses Official Visit

There hasn't been a lot of drama in this recruiting season for head coach Mike Sherman. The Aggies landed a majority of its class last spring and have spent the past 6-7 months putting the finishing touches on one of the program's deepest classes in years. On Friday, 17 of those 20 verbal commitments traveled to College Station and among that group was Rowlett defensive end Damontre Moore

There hasn't been a lot of drama in this recruiting season for head coach Mike Sherman and the Texas A&M staff. The Aggies landed a majority of its class last spring and have spent the past 6-7 months putting the finishing touches on one of the program's deepest classes in years. On Friday, 17 of those 20 verbal commitments traveled to College Station for the team's big official visit weekend. Among that group was Rowlett defensive end Damontre Moore.

Measuring this weekend at 6-foot-6, 234 pounds, Moore is an imposing presence at the defensive end spot but it's his speed and quickness off the edge that turned the heads of Sherman and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt. Moore finished his senior season with an impressive 13 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. Ironically, those accomplishments did not meet the expectations of the future Aggie who will begin his career at the jack position.

"I felt I could have done better," Moore said. "My goal for the season was to get 16 sacks and I only got 13. No matter what you do, you can always do better."

Moore's official host on the visit was Von Miller who led the nation in sacks in a breakout 2009 season at the newly created jack position that allowed Miller to showcase his pass rush skills. Miller had some words of wisdom for Moore, who will compete to take over the position once the junior graduates and goes to the NFL.

"Von told me to keep working hard and always listen to Coach Wyatt," Moore said. "If I take care of my business, he said coach will develop me into a great defensive player. He said coach took him to another level and made him the player he is now."

While there was some talk about football and future careers, most of the visit was about having some fun and getting to know fellow recruits, players, and coaches. One of the highlights for the recruits was a dinner out at Coach Sherman's house that includes not only video games and entertainment but also a lake in the back for boating and fishing. Moore decided to wet a line and had his "Old Man and the Sea" moment that was witnessed by his future teammates.

"I was fishing and I caught this fish with a huge mouth. I guess it was a bass," Moore said. "It tried to bite me and I jumped back. I went to pick it up and it tried to bite me again so I just kicked it back into the water. Everybody had a pretty good time with that. Even the mothers were giving me grief."

In talking to several other recruits on the visit, they mentioned Moore as a person that the players gravitated to and they felt he was a potential team leader in the future. While Moore was quick to say that several of his fellow recruits have excellent leadership qualities, he understands his personality will likely put him in a position to be a leader in the future.

"I've always been a talker and I like to motivate people. I want to be that person out in front making sure things get done," Moore said. "I like talking and hanging out with people. That's my personality, but there are a lot of players in this class that can lead in their own way."

While the fishing episode rated high on list of weekend highlights, the Rowlett product also mentioned a special moment on Kyle Field Saturday night that he won't soon forget.

"We went out to the middle of Kyle Field and you had all of this fog, and with the lights it had this look," Moore said. "Then they played a highlight video on the scoreboard of all the great players at A&M and then they showed Jerrod Johnson and this year's team. But then it ended with No. 44 hitting that TCU receiver and it was incredible. Everybody just had this vibe. It's hard to describe."

Moore concluded with his visit on Sunday with an exit meeting with Coach Sherman. So what was the message delivered by the head coach to his future pass rushing specialist?

"He said he was excited about me coming next year and he told me to work hard and lift," Moore said. "He didn't want me to gain a lot of new weight, but just to be in shape and keep my speed up. He said I had similar skills to Von Miller and if I come in ready to play and work hard, he'll play me as a freshman."

Moore indicated he'll be in College Station for the second summer session due to the late graduation date at Rowlett. For now, he's focused on his senior season on the hard court, playing post for the Eagles.


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