Moore Knew After Oregon Visit

Byron Moore, the 6-1, 200-pound safety prospect from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, knew on his way home from his unofficial visit to Oregon last weekend where he wanted to go to school -- and it wasn't Eugene...

Flying back from an unofficial visit to Oregon, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne safety Byron Moore started feeling like he wanted to commit.

But the commitment was going to be to UCLA, one of the first schools to offer the City's top defensive prospect.

Early Sunday morning, Moore sent the UCLA coaching staff an e-mail to let them know he was going to be going to UCLA. A little bit later, he started calling the coaches to tell them himself.

"I was talking to all of them on the phone," Moore said. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Tim) Hauck. They were all really happy. They were excited and relieved, too. They're pretty much done with recruiting in the secondary."

Moore woke up on Sunday morning knowing that UCLA was going to be the place, and after stating previously that he wanted to take some time and go through the process, he decided he no longer wanted to wait. He said, "I was happy to get it over with. I'm solid to UCLA. I still may take a visit to travel a bit, but I'm solidly committed to UCLA. I just felt like I didn't need to wait and UCLA was the place for me. I had just gotten back from my trip to Oregon when I decided to commit."

The decision to stay close to home gave Moore's family even more reason to celebrate.

"My family was real excited that I had the opportunity to go to UCLA and they were real excited I committed there because they'll get to see all of my games now," said Moore.

Moore said the plan is for him to come in as a safety, though he's also a talented receiver, but he will also get to try his hands at special teams.

"I'll play pretty much just safety, but Coach Neuheisel said I will get a chance to return kicks and punts as well," said Moore.

Moore said with his decision out of the way, he'll turn his attention to recruiting other guys. Already, he's hit it off with one of UCLA's commits. "I talked to Todd Golper (on Sunday). He texted me and he's pretty excited to hear I'm coming to UCLA. Now I'm going to start recruiting some other guys and have them join us," said Moore.

Moore was selected earlier this month to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and to date, he's the lone Bruin selected for that game.

Next month, Moore will be at the UnderArmour/ Combine and he's also planning on attending one of UCLA's camps this spring.

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 it in May.

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