Safety Jordan Moore (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) made his first official visit. And it’s going to be hard to top the Auburn Tigers.
“Oh man, the visit went great,” Moore said. “It was everything that I expected. I felt that family environment. Everyone welcomes you with open arms. They have great coaches who all care about the athletes.”
The Tigers are also home to a new defensive coordinator who’s familiar with the SEC, Brian VanGorder. He held the same position with the Georgia Bulldogs and most recently with the Atlanta Falcons.
“I just met coach VanGorder,” Moore said. “What a great guy. That dude is very smart, and I think he will be the best defensive coordinator in college football.”
It sounds as if Moore was really impressed with Auburn. Are the Tigers the team to beat?
“Auburn made a great impression on me,” Moore said. “I would say that they are right up there with TCU.”
Moore, 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds, will visit TCU (1-20) next weekend and then he’s not sure. He’s considering Oregon, North Carolina, N.C. State, ECU, UCF, and Georgia for his final visit.
Track will also play an important part in his decision. He’s the two time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles and currently the top ranked 55-meter hurdler in the country.
“I am going to run in college,” Moore said. “I want to get (NFL) drafted in 2015 and run in the 2016 Olympics. I am focused and know exactly what I want to do. And by that time I will have my degree.”
The irony here is that, at least with football recruiting, much of what’s happened with Moore has happened of late.
“My senior year was such a blessing,” Moore said. “It was a spontaneous miracle that came out of nowhere. Words can’t even describe what I am feeling.”
Moore has made two official track visits to LSU and Clemson. He’s the nation’s No. 15 ranked safety and No. 18 player from the state of Georgia.