Moore Ready to Blow People Up

This past weekend Sio Moore chose to end his recruitment and give a verbal commitment to the Connecticut coaching staff after a camp visit at Storrs. We caught up with the newest Husky recruit tonight and learned about what drove him to the decision he made as well as where he will fit in both academically and athletically at Connecticut.

Despite not having played on the defensive side of the ball since his freshman year at West Haven High School, Sio Moore accepted a scholarship offer this weekend to play outside linebacker for the University of Connecticut. If the lack of experience is a concern, his athleticism certainly is not as the 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete has been timed at 4.57 in the 40-yard dash, 4.41 in the short shuttle, has a 38.5-inch vertical leap, broad jumps 10-foot-2 and runs the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds. Moore spent last season playing at Apex high School in Cary, N.C., but will play at West Haven High School as a senior.

"I camped at Connecticut about two weeks ago as my linebacker coach from West Haven took me over after talking to the coaching staff," Moore said. "I was in the middle of drills and the coaching staff brought me over to speak to me personally, telling me I was doing really well. When I got home from camp I was told I had an offer, so I spent the two weeks considering it and then finally committed this past weekend."

"One thing that really stood out to me when I met with the coaching staff was that there was absolutely no bull coming from them," Moore added. "I liked how they went about their business on and off the field and they also put a hard focus on academics which really won both my mother and me over. When I went to work with Coach (Todd) Orlando he told me he was going to work me hard and then hit me in the face on the first drill with the bag and I knew from that point that this was my guy. Coach Edsall was also great, as was the entire coaching staff. The funny thing was that my mother actually told Coach Edsall she was committing before I did."

Moore decided to move to North Carolina to live with his sister after his freshman year to allow himself a fresh start and focus on academics and becoming a better person so to speak. He did not play football as a sophomore, but after making honor roll academically his sophomore year he did join the football team as a junior. His best game last season was a 24 carry, 160 yard, one touchdown performance and he was able to play in seven games after a minor knee injury. That academic focus is something that Moore will continue at Storrs, which he spoke about with us.

"I plan on majoring in business management with a concentration in marketing so at some point I can go out and be in a leadership role at a Fortune 500 company, just like I hope to be a leader for the Husky program on and off the field," Moore explained. "I have that dream like everyone to go to the league, but realize how important an education is."

"I guess the last part about what I liked so much at Connecticut were the facilities and feel on campus. The facilities and campus are beautiful, the weight room is absolutely nuts, the locker rooms are state of the art and the indoor field is off the hook. When you go upstairs you have a players' lounge with big-screen televisions so you have a place to hang out, but the academic center is right there near you too for studying. Connecticut was just the total package and is a program on the rise. They told me at this point that I will come in and play weak side linebacker for them which is fine with me because I will play wherever they need me, but I hope I can eventually line up on the strong side so I can get out there and blow some people up."

From speaking to Moore for just over an hour and a half tonight it was obvious that the Huskies have gotten themselves a well-grounded, intelligent young man with an idea of where he is headed in life. Add those intangibles to the athleticism he has shown on the field and in workouts and Randy Edsall and company have a project on their hands who could end up being the heart of the Husky defense in years to come.

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