Moore Wants to Visit Texas Tech

It has been a crazy couple of months for Cedar Hill linebacker Richard Moore, who received his first offer in late November, but has since picked up several more, including one from Texas Tech earlier this month. Moore spoke with recently about his thought on Texas Tech, his overall recruitment and what he's looking for in a program/school.

Cedar Hill linebacker Richard Moore
has enjoyed a nice several months in terms of football.

He picked up his first offer, from Baylor, in late November. Offers from Arizona State and Houston followed a couple weeks later.

Moore (6-1, 205) then helped Cedar Hill claim the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship with a 34-24 win over heavily favored Katy on Dec. 21. He has since been offered by Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa and Texas Tech.

"I'm really new to the recruiting, I was kind of behind, because most linebackers of my class were already getting recruited and I didn't get my first offer until late in the playoffs," Moore said. "Right now I'm just trying to take it easy and not jump into things at the moment."

He added that teammate Demarkus Lodge, a five-star receiver prospect, who has also been offered by Tech (along with practically everybody else in the country), has been a big help in terms of offering advice on how to deal with the recruiting rush.

Moore, who visited Baylor's junior day, said he wants to visit Tech for junior day either this weekend or another one soon, and added he doesn't have a list of top schools yet, but will post one on Twitter (@xRichManex) sometime in the next month.

Moore said he hears from Tech assistant coaches Eric Morris a couple times a week and Kevin Curtis every week as well. Curtis and linebackers coach Mike Smith have been up to Cedar Hill to visit with Moore in the past too.

"They pulled me aside during workout and they were just talking to me, saying that Tech's only taking, I believe, two inside linebackers," Moore said. "So they were just talking about that and said they were just choosing wisely and that was why they hadn't thrown any offers at any inside linebackers yet in my class."

"I think they're going to play me at inside, because normally they said their outside backers are a little bit taller than me," Moore said. "So, I'll be playing Mike on the inside if I end up going to Tech."

A position change would be nothing new to Moore, who played defensive end growing up before making the move to outside linebacker prior to the 2013 season. The move didn't faze Moore, who was an absolute force for the Longhorns by racking up 171 tackles, 30 for loss and eight sacks in 16 games.

"I really can play anywhere on the field. I can play strong safety, I can play outside linebacker, I can't play corner, but those positions--strong safety, outside linebacker, inside linebacker--I can play them all. I don't really have a problem where I play, I just like defense, because I just have that mentality."

Moore, who has an unofficial time of 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, said he's taking a close look at Texas Tech.

"Tech is a great school, I followed them all year and I like them a lot," Moore said. "They run the same defense as us, they have a young coaching staff who is very energetic, so that's one thing that I like about them."

In addition to the seven offers he already holds, Moore is also hearing from the likes of Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Ultimately he said his decision is going to come down to a couple factors.

"Academics, you know what I'm going to major in. I'm thinking about medical school or maybe being an accountant, I'm trying to figure out between those two," Moore said. "And, figuring out what is the best fit for me, how I play, my playing style and a school that I just fit well in. Playing time is also a big thing for me too. I need to get on the field."

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