Moore on the Trojans

Almost a Bruin, nearly Irish, incoming freshman Byron Moore is now a Trojan for life. "I know a lot of people look up to USC, so now being a part of it; I'm another role model that they have for their program," he said. "I just have to try and set a good example every time that I do something and make sure that I represent myself and USC well."

Almost a Bruin, nearly Irish, incoming freshman Byron Moore is now a Trojan for life.

"It was real crazy," Moore said of the roller coaster ride that ended with a commitment to USC. "You have a lot of people trying to get you to come to their schools, and just people coming at you from all these different places. It just gets crazy."

The four-star defensive back kept college football fans and coaches alike on their toes during the recruiting process, but now with his decision behind him and a future at USC ahead, he couldn't be more excited to be a Trojan.

"I know a lot of people look up to USC, so now being a part of it; I'm another role model that they have for their program," he said. "I just have to try and set a good example every time that I do something and make sure that I represent myself and USC well."

Moore said it was a business decision that led him to USC. The opportunity to learn at the Marshall School of Business was just too enticing to pass up.

"Once I took my unofficial, and took a tour of the Business School, I was really in love with the business school," he said. "That pretty much solidified my decision, along with the chance to play for Coach Carroll and the whole staff.

"That pretty much separated them from everybody else, the business school. The other one that came close was Notre Dame but it just came down to me not wanting to leave home."

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound incoming freshman has been running track and lifting weights this offseason in an effort to maximize his preparation for the college game.

"I'm just trying to stay in shape, running track and lifting weights real hard," Moore said. "I'm about to start going back to the B2G Instinct Training so I can start getting ready for my DB drills, just getting my hips and stuff right for fall camp.

"During my track season our high school football team is doing their spring ball at the same time, and watching them was making me jealous because I haven't been able to play since the championship game basically, so I am just anxious to get back out there to practice."

When Moore finally hits the practice field this fall he will be making a shift from safety to cornerback.

"They love that I am a big physical guy that can play the corner position, so that was one of the reasons that they want me to play that position," he said. "Plus, they are going to be losing a lot of depth in the secondary after this season so they think I can come in and help early.

"I have always been able to play safety and corner so it isn't that hard of a transition for me."

The transition that Moore is really focused on is in the classroom.

"First, I just want to get comfortable with my classes and transitioning to college life," he said. "My main focus is that I stay on top of my education first, and then compete and practice hard to try and get some playing time as a freshman."

The versatile cornerback, who led Narbonne to a City Section Co-Championship, joins one of the top secondary units in college football, and can't wait to play for defensive coordinator Rocky Seto.

"We need to be humble and come in as students of the game and take in as much knowledge as we can from the veterans before they graduate, and learn the system, and how the coaches want us to play," he said of the freshman class.

While some players are scared off by the depth on USC's star-studded roster, Moore said the competition was one of the major draws.

"I think it brings out the best in you. Coach Seto always talks to our DB group about maximizing the opportunity to get better each day, so I think going against the best every day you aren't allowed to take a play off and that carries into the games," he said. "It makes the game easier when you are going hard every day in practice."

So what can USC fans expect to see from Moore when he takes the field this fall?

"I'm a hardworking, dedicated person that just wants the best for the team," he said. "Whatever the coaches ask for I'm going to do it."


Byron Moore will get a chance to show his skills during fall camp.


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