There's just one blank box left on L.J. Moore's pre-commitment checklist. He'll need to travel west in order to fill it, but the four-star cornerback has a plan for that. On Jan. 19, he'll take his final official visit, a trip to Arizona State. After he returns, he'll sit down, weigh his options and make a choice.
It's as simple as that. The way he talks about his impending decision makes it sound scientific. Moore certainly has a plan. But first …
"I really like Arizona State, so I want to get out there again before I choose," Moore said. "I like the staff there and I talk to them a lot. I've built a good relationship with them. I like the way they play. They rush the passer a lot and that creates opportunities in the secondary. I like that a lot.
"I'll probably pick a week or two after the Arizona State visit."
The Sun Devils have company on Moore's shortlist, though. He says ASU along with Oregon State are in the most frequent contact, but the rough draft of finalists to secure his pledge is a bit longer than that.
Moore has not taken an official visit to Oklahoma and is still in the process of finding a time to do so. He recently canceled a scheduled trip to Norman but says the Sooners remain very much alive in his recruitment despite two scratched visits.
"With Oklahoma and Notre Dame, it's the tradition," he said. "That's a plus. Year in and year out, Oklahoma is top team in the nation. At Notre Dame, the coaching staff is real good. The network they have for me after football is special."
Moore is a two-sport athlete who has led his Fresno (Calif.) Central East basketball team to a 7-1 start this season. He helped the football squad to 11 wins as a senior.
In all, the 6-foot-1 Moore lists 16 scholarship offers.