Kendall Moore said by the end of May or early next month he will narrow his list of schools and there are good signs that Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU and NC State will make the cut.
Moore, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound outside linebacker from Raleigh (N.C.) South Raleigh, said those schools stand out the most in his recruitment and have a good chance at landing him, although LSU has not offered yet.
Notre Dame and Florida State has stopped by his school twice during the spring evaluation period and he has also talked with LSU coach Les Miles. NC State was his first offer and it's a local program so the Wolfpack will also be in the mix when he's trimming his list.
The Irish have for some time been considered one of the favorites for Moore, who finished with 120 tackles and six sacks last season. He had 110 stops in his sophomore year. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 14 outside linebacker and he's also included in the top 250. Corwin Brown is recruiting him for Notre Dame.
"They're big definitely because them being Notre Dame and in general it's a big thing because they're such a big school with their history in football that they have is crazy," Moore said.
Florida State linebackers coach Chuck Amato, the former head coach at NC State, has a strong relationship with Moore and that's one reason why the linebacker said the Seminoles stand out.
"Coach Amato coached at NC State for a while so I'm real familiar with him," Moore said. "He came to my school twice and he's definitely emerged as being a great recruiter overall. He's a really good guy."
Watch out for LSU. Even though the Tigers haven't offered, Moore seems intrigued by playing in Baton Rouge and his family is from that area so going to school there would not at all be a big adjustment. His conversation with Miles stands out and LSU has to be considered a major player – especially if an offer comes through.
"I definitely have a lot of interest in them," Moore said. "All my family is from that area, everybody, so it's definitely big that they're around and that I've been talking to them. It's definitely a big thing for me. I want to keep talking with them and I'm taking things slow."
NC State has a lot in its favor as well. It's the hometown school and has been recruiting Moore for a long time. There is interest as well from Moore, who said that his first offer came from the Wolfpack and that means a lot moving forward in his recruitment.
"That being my first offer, it means a lot to me," Moore said. "I'm definitely keeping them in mind off them discovering me. They're real close, and my sophomore year I thought I had some potential but at the NC State camp they told me I was really good. They were the first ones so that means a lot."
Clemson, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina have also offered Moore, who recently told Rivals.com he will probably cut his list to a top seven or eight when he sits down to do it.