Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough defensive tackle Earl Moore will be amongst the top interior defensive linemen from the Sunshine State in the 2012 class. The 6-foot-2, 273-pound defensive tackle has already racked up numerous offers and is hearing from schools around the country.
"Auburn has been on my heavy, and a couple of other schools including Texas Tech are checking on me," Moore said. "I am still hearing a lot from some of the same schools, like Florida State and Florida. I haven't heard from Miami much yet."
At this time, Moore holds verbal offers from schools including Florida State, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas Tech, Rutgers, and Southern Cal.
Two in-state coaches have recently been in contact.
"I heard from Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey at Florida State and Coach (Stan) Drayton at Florida," Moore said.
In speaking with Drayton, Moore has been told some things about Will Muschamp and his vision for the Gators.
"He has told me good things about him," Moore said. "I am looking forward to meeting him."
With Dawsey, that is a relationship that has been built over numerous months. Moore has previously made his way to Tallahassee for a Junior Day as well as a game this past season.
"I have known Coach Dawsey the longest," Moore said. "I feel comfortable around him. I feel like he is like another father. He is real cool to be around."
During the offseason, Moore said he is going to do a lot of individual training between now and the spring. He does want to take a few trips, with hopes of seeing schools coast-to-coast, but no specific plans have been made.
Recently, he participated in the Under Armour All-American Combine at the Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
"It was very competitive," Moore said. "I felt we worked really hard at it. It also showed you different things you can do to get better. It was a fun experience."
During the event, Moore performed well in one-on-one competition and also threw up 21 reps on the bench. He knows where he must improve to be the complete defensive lineman he wants to be as a senior.
"The main thing I am trying to develop is my speed," Moore said. "That is what I am trying to work on. I want to improve my speed and my flexibility."
As a junior, Moore registered five sacks and over 50 tackles for Hillsborough.