Elite Junior Rahim Moore Has Favorite

Rahim Moore, the 6-2, 190-pound defensive back, is an early top 100 player nationally and among the very few best DBs in the west for 2008. He's getting hit by many scholarship offers, but there is one school that got on him early and he says he's been "feeling the love"...

There will be few defensive prospects in California in the class of 2008 that will be as sought after as Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey safety Rahim Moore (6-2, 190).

Moore might be the top defensive back in the West in this class and schools are already lining up for his services.

"UCLA was the first school to offer me," said Moore. "Then Nebraska offered and last week I got an offer from Washington, Oregon and Washington State."

With five offers under his belt, a few more schools could be on the verge, including a program that has long recruited well in the City. "Georgia has been talking to me and they said that an offer is on its way and I've been hearing that Notre Dame might," said Moore. "And USC could be getting involved soon. (Former Dorsey teammate) Stafon (Johnson) said he's been telling the coaches about me."

As it stands now, Moore said that UCLA is his early, and heavy, leader. "I've been feeling the love from UCLA since the summer when I went to their practices," said Moore. "They offered me first and they have been showing me the love the whole time. I went up to their practices and a lot of their games this year. Coach DeWayne Walker has been telling me how he wants me there. And Coach DeLoach, I love that guy. You can always hear his voice."

Moore was at UCLA's Junior Day earlier this month and left with a new appreciation for the Westwood campus. "I never got to see the whole campus until then but it was just amazing," said Moore. "Me and my mom were just excited to be able to see that. My mom got teary-eyed during it. Junior Day was real cool. We went to the basketball game and that was fun. I went to a basketball game earlier with Milton (Knox) and Dayne (Crist) and we all talked a lot."

Moore said that while UCLA is out in front, he's remaining open for the time being, and allowing each school recruiting him a chance to make their pitch. "I don't want to commit yet. I want to be able to take some trips," said Moore. "I'm not going to lie, I've been feeling the love from UCLA the most. But I'm going to give everyone a chance."

Moore was as a sophomore when he first made a splash on a senior-heavy defense for Dorsey that included Mark Johnson (Ohio State), Robert Mullins and Keith Browner (Cal), and Stafon Johnson (USC).

"I've been blessed to play with some great players before me and I have the opportunity to make a name for myself at Dorsey and I just hope I can live up to the players before me," said Moore. "Everyday I push myself to be the best and become the player I know I can, but I know I can't stop working hard."

Moore just finished his second season in the Dons' secondary and earned first team all-City honors and was an all-state underclass pick. In two seasons for Dorsey, he has 212 tackles and 14 sacks.

Academically, Moore said he would qualify easily.

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