Moore Talks Playoffs, ND Visit

Four-star Narbonne Safety Byron Moore, who committed to USC in June, took an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. Look inside for all the details on Moore's trip to South Bend.

Four-star Narbonne Safety Byron Moore, who committed to USC in June, took an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend, and while he thoroughly enjoyed the South Bend experience, he said he is still "100 percent SC."

"The campus was beautiful," Moore said of Notre Dame. "Everything was pretty much new and nice looking. They have their own football building with a weight room, locker room and indoor facility.

"It just gave me something to compare USC to, but I am still USC pretty much all the way," Moore added. "I'm still 100 percent USC."

On the visit, Moore got a chance to sit down with Charlie Weis and discuss how his skills fit in with Notre Dame's system.

"He just told me he thought I would fit in well with their program, and I would be able to come in and play early," Moore said.

The trip gave Moore an opportunity to get to know two other highly touted prospects, Tyler Gaffney and Manti Te'o, who were also on official visits to Notre Dame.

"We were together all weekend. They are two real cool people," Moore said. "It was really fun being with them."

Gaffney and Te'o are both considering USC and Notre Dame, but the trio stayed away from talking about recruiting.

"We were just trying to have a fun weekend," Moore said. "We didn't talk too much about recruiting."

While the Fighting Irish were upset by Syracuse and the weather was cold, the loss didn't dampen the experience of being at a historic venue like Notre Dame Stadium.

"The game was cool, I got to see Touchdown Jesus and the stadium was cool." Moore said. "But we ended up going inside at halftime because it was too cold."

Now that he is back from South Bend, the four-star safety is concentrated on trying to lead Narbonne to the City Section Championship.

"That's pretty much the only thing on my mind, trying to get that title. If we don't get the title this year it's going to be heartbreaking," Moore said. "That's everybody's focus right now; we just want to get there so bad.

"As a leader, I want to make sure everyone's head is on straight and make sure I can lead them all the way."

This Wednesday, Narbonne faces city power Birmingham HS, and fellow USC commit Devon Flournoy, in the second round of the playoffs.

"We are getting ready for Birmingham," Moore said. "We know they are a well coached team. This is going to be a big game to prove to everybody that we can play and win the big game.

"We are going to have to come out and play real hard and get after it fast."

Moore hasn't had any contact with Flournoy but has been impressed with what he has seen from the speedy wide receiver on film.

"I have seen him play a little bit on a couple of films and I think he is a real good player," he said. "He runs good routes and has good speed."

The talented safety from Narbonne cherishes the opportunity to challenge himself against a wide receiver as talented as Devon Flournoy.

"It makes the season more fun when you are playing against real good players and it helps you get better," said Moore.

Byron Moore will attend the USC-Notre Dame game this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and said he doesn't have any plans to visit other schools at this time.


Chris Metcalf, Lucky Radley, Byron Moore and James Boyd having fun.

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