Mike Stoops left an impression when he departed Fresno, Calif./Central East High School last week. The Oklahoma defensive coordinator watched L.J. Moore work out and liked what he saw enough to offer the 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback prospect.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Moore said. “It’s a great offer to have and I’ll have to take them in high consideration because before I really wasn’t thinking about them.
“I was talking to Coach Stoops a little before but never thought they were highly interested in giving me an offer.”
The OU offer wasn’t the biggest impression left by the Sooners defensive coordinator.
“He said he likes to teach the little parts of the game and that stuck out in the back of my mind,” Moore said. “Coaches are always preaching the little things but when he said that, just in watching me workout for a short time, it stuck in my mind.”
After watching him in action, Stoops gave Moore a couple of tips to improve his game. Moore took it as a subtle sign that Stoops wants to see him maximize his abilities no matter what uniform he wears at the next level.
“At this point he doesn’t know how interested I am or if that’s my leading school but he still tried to help me,” Moore said. “I haven’t made a decision yet so that stuck in my mind.”
The interaction piqued Moore’s interest in the Sooners and playing for Stoops.
“He’s straight up,” Moore said of Stoops. “When he saw me working out, he was trying to help me out with my game and get me better so I liked that a lot.
“They’re definitely up there, in consideration at the high interest level because of the tradition and Coach Stoops, how he is with me.”
Moore, a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 34 recruit in California by ESPN.com, boasts offers from OU, Georgia, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Cal.
The Sooners offer immediately after his workout caught him by surprise, but Moore was happy to receive it.
“I felt good about my performance and I guess they liked it too,” Moore said. “It felt good that they actually saw me work, it [the offer] didn’t come off of hype.”
Moore plays AAU basketball in the summer, making an unofficial visit to Norman unlikely but he said the Sooners are “definitely in consideration” for one of his five official visits this fall.