Four-star linebacker Kendall Moore maintained a month ago he was firm with Notre Dame. Now with Charlie Weis officially out in South Bend, Moore reflected a bit more on the news.
"I'm not going to say I'm too surprised about the situation," he said. "I watch ESPN every day and I saw it coming. It still surprised me. I didn't think it would happen, just cause I thought they'd give him one more season since his recruiting classes were solid and definitely a good thing is coming.
"Charlie Weis is a great coach and is one of the reasons I committed, him and the staff. They had something real good in place and it definitely was kind of shocking."
The big question is, is Moore solid?
"I'm still solid," he said. "I definitely think I committed not just for the coaches. It's a great combination they have of academics and you play at the highest level of football. It's ridiculous you're on TV every week. The exposure, I like that a lot."
Nevertheless, Moore claims he is considering taking some visits.
"I just feel like I need to see everything and look at some other schools in the next couple weeks besides Notre Dame as a safety plan," he said. "I've thought about a few schools, Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and both in-state schools, NC State and North Carolina. Those are the big schools that I've heard from my coach and thought I'd give a second look to.
"Those schools I'm still considering now because they stayed in it after I committed. South Carolina, Coach Lawing is a great recruiter and I got to know him pretty well throughout the process. Coach Amato at Florida State. After I committed he still stays in touch with my coach throughout the process. I got to know him really well. I committed pretty early and once Georgia Tech offered it was kind of too late, my mind was made up. Most of these schools I haven't had a chance to look at, so that's why I'm interested."
Moore maintains no visits are set to any schools at this time.
While he still mulls his options, the Raleigh (N.C.) Southeast Raleigh prospect gave his take on the season as well.
"We did pretty well," he said. "We finished 10-3 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. I had a good season. My coach moved me around a lot and I played mostly defensive end.
"I could tell I definitely improved from my work in the weight room. I felt I was a lot stronger and faster."