One of the top performances by a defensive back at this weekends SoCal NIKE Camp was turned in Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne's Byron Moore. The talented safety talked to us about his camp experience as well as what he thought of UCLA and USC the previous day.
At all NIKE Camps, cornerbacks usually dominate the DB position drills since so much of the camp is based on one on one cover ability and obviously cornerbacks play a lot more man coverage than safeties. That's why it was impressive that Moore was rated among the top three DBs in the camp by the NIKE position coaches and top safety overall.
"Byron had a very solid all around camp," lead DB coach and former Oregon safety Michael Fletcher said. "He looked very good during the SPARQ drills, showed great explosion and a great football burst. He's going to make a very nice strong safety that has cover ability as well."
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Moore measured in at a solid 6-1, 188 pounds with the frame to get bigger. He has long arms, plays physical and his cover skills should allow him to stay on the field no matter the down and distance at the next level.
"I had a real good time," Moore said following the camp." It was a lot of fun and I felt I did good and had nice solid day. No one scored on me in the one on ones and only one player caught a hitch on me. So i think I proved myself well against some top talent."
On the recruiting front, Moore continues to pile up the offers and now holds them from Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico and Cal. Saturday, the athlete attended UCLA's Junior Day and then hit the USC campus for the Trojans Spring game.
"I got to UCLA and talked to all the coaches," Moore said. "Then me and coach Walker took a walk around campus and just talked about life after football and all the opproutinities UCLA would give me.
"UCLA is recruiting me hard, they want me for safety and I can see myself playin there and I would play as a true freshman as well.
"After UCLA, I went and watched the USC Trojan Huddle and loved what I saw. You can only expect the best from USC all the time. Coach Carroll wants me to go to their camp in June and if I perform well I could possibly get an offer and they want me at saftey as well."
If the Trojans were to offer, would they jump to the top of the list?
"They both would be even," Moore said. "It would come down to where I am gonna fit in the best and where I'm going to get on the field the quickest. They're both great schools and both have great coaching staffs.
"So whichever one I'm the most comfortable with would be the front runner. Plus I'm still open to any school right now. I don't mind going out of state for college and I'm still going check out other schools. I leave this Friday for Oregon's Junior Day and I'm very excited to see them up close and personal."