Byron Moore is headed to Rocky Top.
The four-star defensive back from Wilmington (Calif.) Los Angeles Harbor C.C. committed to Tennessee over Miami Monday night and gave the Volunteers a big boost in the recruiting rankings heading into National Signing Day.
It must have been a difficult decision for Moore, a four-star recruit out of Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne who played at USC after high school, because both programs offer so much but the 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety said the coaching staff at Tennessee was one of the big reasons why the Vols won out.
"They both had that family feeling," Moore said. "They both felt like home. I was comfortable with both of them. Both staffs care about their players and they make sure they succeed on and off the field. They were the two best trips I took and that's how they ended up being the top two.
"My relationship with coach (Derek) Dooley, coach (Terry) Jospeh, coach (Justin) Wilcox and those guys have been awesome through the whole recruiting process. At Tennessee I feel like I can go there and succeed on and off the field and get a great degree. I can't wait to play in the SEC."
Oregon State, Ole Miss, Ohio State and many other national programs were recruiting Moore but he said Monday night on an Internet radio show that his best two visits were to Tennessee and Miami and that he came to the conclusion that the Volunteers would give him the best opportunities on and off the field.
Rivals.com rated Moore sixth at safety, No. 98 overall and No. 11 in the 2009 class rankings.
He committed to the Trojans out of high school but when that didn't work out Moore ended up at Los Angeles Harbor C.C. Teams from across the country started to recruit him again but he felt his best opportunity was at Tennessee.