As previously reported, Brandon Moore, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound, four-star tight end from Trotwood-Madison High School in Trotwood, Ohio, chose Michigan this morning over 36 other scholarship offers.
Moore, ranked No. 98 nationally by Scout.com, said no to Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Miami and Clemson in the end. All had offered, with the first coming from Georgia during last summer.
It's ironic that the one school that hasn't offered Moore is his childhood favorite and hometown school, Ohio State. "They recruited me and every time I talked with them they said they are gonna offer, but never did," Moore said. "Growing up in Ohio, you have to be a Buckeye fan."
But Moore's parents always preferred Michigan, the Buckeyes' main rival. "They love the academics and tradition at Michigan," he said. "They also have really great coaches. I like their offensive coordinator, Mike DeBord. We're really close and I've known him the longest. He's come to my track meets before and whenever we see each other we hug. I like talking to him.
"My parents also love it if I stay close and Michigan is only about three and half hours away," Moore said. "I also love their style of football because they play hard and use the tight end in the offense a lot."
The only schools that Moore had visited were Michigan, Georgia and Tennessee. "I wanted to decide before the season started," Moore said. "Now, I don't have to worry about recruiting or getting hurt during the season. I just want to play.
"I wanted a program that had a good history and is a winning team," he said. "And I wanted to play on an offense that actually used their tight end."
Moore finished his junior season with 25 receptions for 350 yards and five touchdowns. "I'm a good pass catcher and am pretty fast for my size," Moore said. "I'm a playmaking tight end and like to catch a lot of balls. I like having the ball and an very aggressive.
"I want to improve my blocking, my strength and overall speed," he said. "I want to be the complete package with receiving skills and blocking ability."
Moore benches 255 pounds, squats 380 and runs the 40 yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
He reports a 4.2 core GPA (with honors) and a 22 ACT, which he is retaking in June.