Moore Talks of Georgia Visit

One of the biggest recruits committed to UCLA for 2008 is Los Angeles Dorsey defensive back, Rahim Moore. The #2-ranked safety in the country took an official visit to Georgia this weekend and talked all about it with us...

It was a long weekend for Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey safety Rahim Moore, but despite little sleep, his trip to Georgia, which included his first airline flight, was an enjoyable experience for him.

"Man, Georgia was just amazing," said Moore. "It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. The atmosphere in Athens was just amazing. Everyone there is like a family. Everyone down there bleeds red and black. They love their Georgia football. I had just a wonderful time."

Moore was hosted by a familiar face while in Athens.

"Na Derris Ward, from McClymonds (in Oakland) was my host," Moore said. "We played against them my tenth grade year. I had an interception against him and he was going to hit me (on the play). I was only like 5-10 and he was like 6-5, so I told him I was getting away from him. But he was real cool and he was just telling me all about Georgia and him being from California and how he liked it."

Moore also spent time with the Georgia coaching staff, specifically head coach Mark Richt. "I had met Coach Richt when I was a tenth grader and he came out to Dorsey because they were recruiting Stafon Johnson," said Moore. "He was real cool to me then and I had dinner with him on Saturday night and he was just like, ‘We want you to be a part of this out here.' They know I'm committed to UCLA, so they didn't put any pressure on me, but they said if I change my mind, I have a spot there. The coaches were real approachable. I must have eaten like ten times, too, and gained like two pounds because we ate so much good Southern food."

So the big question for Moore is, What did the trip to Georgia do in terms of his commitment to UCLA?

His answer: "I'm still solid to UCLA. As I sat there talking with a bunch of the players, I thought about how me, and Milton (Knox), and Donovan (Carter), and Jet-Ski (Johnathan Franklin), the other guys, can build something real big at UCLA. How we can build our own legacy in our own backyard. I mean, I like Georgia, and they're #2 right behind UCLA, but I'm still solidly committed to UCLA. I'm going to hit up Eric Scott on Tuesday to talk with him."

Moore isn't done taking official visits. He still plans to take four more of them, with none likely to be to Westwood. "I'm probably going to visit Michigan when they play Ohio State and then I'm going to visit Florida for one of their big games. I may visit Ohio State and I want to visit Oregon, too. I've been to UCLA so many times, I'll probably just take an unofficial visit there."

The weekend got off to a slow start for Moore, who left just hours after Dorsey dropped a non-league game to Birmingham, where he and Franklin played against two of his future teammates in Knox and Carter. Moore had an interception in that one, but the Dons couldn't keep up with the deeper Patriots. A flight just before midnight took him down to Atlanta.

He said, "Man, that was my first time on a plane and it was real fun. We got on auto-pilot and just cruised. But I was tired. I got there and we went to the school and were there for the game, but being around all of that atmosphere woke me up real fast."

Through four games, Moore has 45 tackles and two interceptions and has over 300 yards receiving and four touchdowns for the Dons. This Friday, they play Hamilton in an afternoon game. On Saturday, Moore will be at the Rose Bowl for the Bruins' nationally televised game with Notre Dame.

"I'm already looking forward to getting back down to the Rose Bowl with the guys and watching the Notre Dame game. That should be real fun," said Moore.

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