Texas Surprise

Add one more name to the list of athletes that were in on official visits last weekend. This player will visit Georgia Tech this weekend, but has Wisconsin in his final two.

Sometimes a player slips through the cracks and doesn't get as much publicity as the others. Many times, despite the hundreds of hours we spend making recruiting calls each year, there will be a secret commitment on Signing Day.

This year, we might have caught that player early.

Nick Moore, a fullback from Arlington, Tex., was in on an official visit last weekend and has the Badgers in his final two. But until earlier this week, when Quarterbacks Coach Jeff Horton paid Moore an in-home visit, he was an unknown commodity.

Moore, a 6-2, 225-pound teammate of blue-chip quarterback Joe Jon Finley (Oklahoma commit), was hosted by Matt Bernstein on his trip last weekend, and said he loves the Badgers. His parents also told Badger Nation they were extremely impressed with Horton's presentation in the Moore household Tuesday night.

Moore said after his official visit, he lists the Badgers with Georgia Tech as his top two. He will visit the Yellow Jackets this weekend before making his final decision.

"I liked it a lot. I liked all the players, the coaching staff is real nice, and I had a good time," Moore said. "Matt (Bernstein) said there aren't many fullbacks there, and I have a good chance to come there and get some playing time right away. I also like Coach (Brian) White a lot. He's a really good running backs coach."

Moore said he's had Wisconsin on his radar throughout the recruiting process.

"They were the first to offer me, spring of last year," Moore said. "And it wasn't tough to (eliminate) some of the other schools, because I knew what I wanted."

What he wants is a school that will use him as a fullback. Moore has played linebacker his entire life, but started playing fullback this fall and found a real love for the position.

"I think I can play both positions equally well, but I just don't have as much experience at fullback," Moore said. "I've always played linebacker, and this year I was (named) the defensive player of the year for my area."

Finley and Moore helped lead a team many felt should have won the state championship, but was upset in the playoffs and finished 12-2. Moore finished with 175 tackles, six caused fumbles and five recovered fumbles.

But he would like to start gaining more notoriety for what he can do offensively.

"I would love for people to compare me to Mike Alstott or somebody like that someday, but my idol has always been Dick Butkus," Moore said.

A prospective engineering major, Moore said he was impressed with Wisconsin's academics and his parents were more than satisfied with all of the answers Horton provided to their questions during the in-home visit.

While Moore also has a trip to Colorado State scheduled for Jan. 18, he's unsure whether he will make it that far.

"I would like to make my decision before then," Moore said. "Sometime right after the holidays."

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