New interest continues to come in for Beavercreek, Ohio three-star linebacker Airius Moore, but the 6-foot, 218-pound prospect has a deadline for when his recruitment will come to an end.
"I think I am going to take some officials during my senior year, but I know I will make my decision by Oct. 1," Moore said. "I will have played five games, visited the places I want to visit and make my decision from there."
Moore identified Indiana and Marshall as likely official visit destinations, and said those are the two schools recruiting him the hardest at this stage.
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USC is a new team in Moore's recruitment that is starting to turn up the heat. The interest from the Trojans has increased since he flew out to L.A. to attend their camp three weeks ago.
"I did really good at their camp," Moore said. "There were some really talented kids there, but I had seven picks in their one-on-ones so Lane Kiffin and the linebackers coach talked to my dad. They said they would probably offer around the first game."
Moore originally connected with USC because their linebackers coach, Mike Ekeler, was at Indiana prior to joining the Trojan's staff. They have maintained close contact in the weeks since he camped in Los Angeles.
"I call [Ekeler] every week and he tells me I am his favorite linebacker in the nation because I don't talk too much," Moore said. "He told me he'd never seen anyone have seven picks in one-on-ones."
Besides USC, Moore also attended camps at Cincinnati, Louisville and N.C. State. He also did a team 7-on-7 at Michigan State. Several of those schools showed strong interest and continue to evaluate Moore for an offer.
"After the 7-on-7 camp, Coach [Mark] Dantonio said they would make their [offer] decision within the first two or three games after the see how I play," Moore said. "Cincinnati said they want to look at everybody and go through all their camps. Louisville, I did pretty good there too and got to work out for Coach [Charlie] Strong."
With Moore planning to make his decision during the fall, teams will have a chance to evaluate the three-star linebacker for an offer before he ends his recruitment.