Chicago Simeon three-star offensive tackle Kendall Moore came into the fall with three teams at the top of his list of favorites, but now that his senior season is winding down, one school has jumped out front to lead the pack.
"Iowa State is definitely at the top," Moore said. "It's their playing style and the commitment I see from the coaches."
Moore's primary recruiter at Iowa State is graduate assistant Derek Day, and a topic of their talks going forward will be scheduling an official visit to Ames.
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"I actually haven't visited there yet," Moore said. "I sat down with my stuff today to try and set up an official visit, actually. It is going to be early December probably."
Illinois was another school that was sitting near the top of Moore's list earlier in the fall, but the Illini have since fallen off the pace.
"Illinois, I know they have a good recruiting class, but the attention from the coaches has kind of slacked," Moore said. "I have been calling, but it just hasn't been the same - the chemistry."
Another school that is rallying and Moore plans to officially visit is Western Kentucky. Simeon defensive end Devante Lee was just offered by the Hilltoppers last week and the two teammates plan to visit the school together.
"Me and Devante talked about that today," Moore said. "Once he gets everything set up and goes through the NCAA Clearinghouse we will look more into that."
Although they have not yet extended an offer, Oklahoma is still in play. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Moore talks regularly with one of the Sooner's assistant coaches.
"Bruce Kittle is his name and he has talked to me a lot about my size and my progression," Moore said. "When he came out in the spring to see me work out he was just concerned about my size because I was underweight, I guess, in some people's eyes. He just wanted to see my grow and progress, and I have. He really liked that."
San Diego State and Wyoming are the two most recent teams to extend scholarship offers to Moore, but he said it is too early in those recruitments for him to determine how those programs will factor in.
Chicago Simeon's run in the Illinois state playoffs came to an end this past weekend with a loss to Mt. Carmel, but Moore's senior season is not yet done. He will lead Simeon in their bid for the Chicago city championship starting this Thursday.