2009 Prospect Byron Moore

Byron Moore, the 6-1, 190-pound safety prospect from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, was one of the recruits on campus for UCLA's Meet-and-Greet Saturday. Moore talks about it and his early recruitment overall...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Byron Moore (6-1, 190) took unofficial visits to both of the L.A. schools last week, and while neither has offered him a scholarship, both trips were encouraging for him.

"I went to USC's practice last week and that went pretty good," said Moore. "I met all of the coaches and I did a little tour of the campus and weight room. It was nice. I've been up there a few times for games and football camps. They've just started recruiting me. They want me to play safety and said I have good ball skills."

A few days later Moore was in Westwood when UCLA hosted a Meet-and-Greet. "That was my second time up there and it was real cool," said Moore. "I went up there when they went to their bowl game and met with Coach (Eric) Scott and Coach (DeWayne) Walker. This time, I got to meet all of the new coaching staff like Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Norm) Chow. We went to the basketball game and that was pretty cool. The facilities were awesome and the whole campus was lovely. Coach (Todd) Howard was who I talked mostly with."

Like USC, the Bruins envision Moore as a safety. "I played receiver last year, too, and did pretty well, but I want to play safety in college," said Moore.

Aside from the two hometown schools, Moore said several other schools from around the country are showing him interest, including Arizona, who was the first school to offer him. "Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Stanford, Cal and Oregon all write me a lot," said Moore. "Vanderbilt invited me to their Junior Day and Penn State has been writing me. Colorado started recruiting me, too."

Moore's top six schools have a heavy Pac-10 flavor. It includes USC, UCLA, Arizona, Penn State, Oregon and Cal. But he's in no rush to make an early decision.

"I'm going to wait and see what all the offers I get are," said Moore. "It doesn't matter to me where I play, but I want to stay in the Pac-10."

With good size and speed, Moore had a fine junior season, catching 41 passes for 823 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 86 tackles, five interceptions and two deflections. He also amassed 343 yards in kickoff returns.

This weekend, Moore will be in Las Vegas for the Scout/New Level Pass Camp and, later this month, will be at the Steve Clarkson Pass Camp. Next month, he'll attend the Los Angeles Nike Camp.

Academically, Moore has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1200 on his first attempt at the SAT. He'll retake the SAT in May.


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