Comfort Level Helps Land Moore

Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Julious Moore said his relationship with the UCLA coaches is the chief reason he committed to the Bruins, and he talks about that and more...

Bellevue (Wash.) defensive tackle Julious Moore had a feeling before he left for Southern California that he might commit to UCLA this weekend.

After spending time on campus touring the school, then participating in the 1-Day Camp, Moore had one final thing to do before departing Westwood, and that was to commit to Rick Neuheisel.

"Coach Neuheisel was the coach who offered me and he was the one who had been recruiting me the whole time," said Moore. "So I committed to him and he was real excited and he shook my hand and welcomed me and said to continue on with my school work and focus on my senior year."

Moore also got a chance to talk with his future position coach, Todd Howard, as well as work with him during the camp.

"I met with Coach Howard and I really liked him, he's a good coach who really knows a lot," said Moore.

Moore said the comfort level he had with the coaches, plus the academic draw of UCLA, were what steered him to commit.

"I was comfortable with their coaches basically," said Moore. "I liked their campus a lot, especially the academic standpoint of it. I kind of had a feeling that I might commit this weekend, but then being there just confirmed it. It was hard to turn Washington down because it's close to home, but I'm comfortable with my decision and ultimately, it had to be UCLA for me."

Moore will come in to play defensive tackle, and he knows the depth chart plays into his favor.

"Oh yeah, that definitely was a consideration, there is a chance I can come in and play early," said Moore. "I'm at 270 right now, but I'm not sure what I want to be at when I get there."

Moore said he may do a couple more camps during the spring, and could take some official visits.

"I might end up going to the Arizona State and Washington State camps, but I'll have to check with my coach," said Moore. "And maybe I'll take some visits."

But he said he's solid to the Bruins.

"Oh yeah, I'm solid to them," said Moore. "My family is happy and excited for me. It's a great school and great academics."

The anchor of the defense that helped Bellevue to the 3A state title in 2008, Moore is anxious for the upcoming season, in which they'll travel to Texas to take on Katy (Texas) HS (where former UCLA running back Aundre Dean prepped), then will welcome up California State Open Division champions Sacramento Grant a week later, as they look to earn a second state straight title and seventh this decade.

Academically, he has a 3.6 GPA with the SAT taken and was an all KingCo 3A pick with 55 tackles and eight sacks in 2008.

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