Moore Talks About Junior Day

Byron Moore, the 6-1, 188-pound safety prospect from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, one of the best safety prospects in the west for 2009, talked about attending UCLA's Junior Day Saturday, some recent developments in his recruiting, and more...

Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Byron Moore just may be the best defensive prospect in the City Section next season, and he's caught the eye of more than a few schools.

The 6-1, 188-pound two-way prospect has six scholarship offers, from UCLA, California, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, and there is a possibility more could start rolling in with the evaluation period picking up.

Last weekend, Moore visited UCLA for their Junior Day.

"It was really good at UCLA," said Moore. "I talked with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (DeWayne) Walker. They were talking about how I could come in and start right away. They emphasized to me that if I was to commit, they could be done with the secondary."

Moore said he felt pretty good about his meeting with the UCLA coaches and was impressed with the UCLA campus. "It is a cool campus and I liked all the facilities we saw," said Moore. "UCLA, they send me handwritten letters every day and I can tell that they really want me, so that feels pretty good. Coach (Todd) Howard is the one recruiting me and I also talked with Coach (Tim) Hauck, the safeties coach. The coaches are really recruiting me hard."

The previous weekend, Moore was up at Cal and made his first visit to the Berkeley campus. "It was a real good trip to Cal. I liked the campus and they were showing us the plans and layouts of the new stadium. Coach (Ron) Gould was showing me around the campus and what the school is like," said Moore.

The visit to Berkeley also netted him an offer from the Bears. "I was real excited about that one," said Moore. "Cal is always a good program and that's a school I really like."

Moore is holding out hope for a USC offer, and he's been by the USC campus on numerous occasions, including for their Spring Game last Saturday.

"I talk to USC about once a week and they want me to come out to their skills camp. If I perform well there, I could get an offer possibly, but they want to see me in person," said Moore.

This weekend, Moore will be in Oregon, visiting Eugene for the Ducks' Junior Day. "This will be my first time going to Oregon and I feel like they could be offering me this weekend," said Moore.

Arizona and Minnesota round out Moore's top six schools, but with five Pac-10 schools on his list, he doesn't want the impression to be that he's only looking at schools out West.

"I'm interested in schools from all over the country, not just out West," said Moore. "I like schools like LSU, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State."

LSU, Vanderbilt and Penn State, in fact, will be in California in the next few weeks with plans to stop by the Narbonne campus to check out Moore.

Moore said, though, that his top two schools are the hometown schools, USC and UCLA. "I like USC and UCLA the most," said Moore. "But I'm not closing the door on anyone. I'm keeping all of my options open."

Earlier this month, Moore was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a big honor that he wasn't expecting. "It was kind of a surprise to me, but it was exciting and I'm really excited about it," said Moore.

Last weekend, Moore also took part in the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, and said he thought he showed well. "I felt pretty good about how I did," said Moore. "They were saying I was the top safety there. I like to work on my cover skills and I can go and work on my coverage in those camps."

Moore has been busy this spring, having participated in the Badger/New Level Pass Camp, the Clarkson QB Academy and is set for the UnderArmour/ Combine.

Last fall, Moore earned all-City honors when he caught 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.

Academically, Moore has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1200 on the SAT, with plans to retake the test in May.

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