Travez Moore, a 3-star defensive end from Bastrop, La., confirmed to the AJC on Tuesday that LSU is his frontrunner with just over a month before his commitment ceremony.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder says the Tigers are followed by TCU and South Carolina in advance of his Oct. 30 decision. Where LSU appears to have an edge is in proximity. Moore has visited Baton Rouge on numerous occasions and admits that the Tigers have been recruiting him the longest.
Moore, who plays primarily defensive end at Bastrop High School, says LSU envisions using him as an outside linebacker.
“I like their defense and (defensive coordinator Kevin Steele),” Moore told the AJC’s SECCountry.com. “And I like their preparation. Just the overall atmosphere there.”
However, Moore has no plans of taking an official visit to LSU this fall. He has scheduled official visits to both TCU and South Carolina. He and teammate Isaiah Graham, a 4-star receiver, will visit South Carolina together on Oct. 10.
Moore, who unofficially visited South Carolina in July, says the Gamecocks just came into the picture last month. However, he’s developed a strong relationship with assistant coaches Steve Spurrier, Jr. and Deke Adams since then.
Unlike South Carolina, TCU has steadily recruited Moore for quite some time. The Horned Frogs appear to be a good fit for him schematically, and it helps that they’re ranked relatively high.
“They’re No. 3 in the country,” Moore said. “I love that. (Cornerbacks coach Paul Gonzales), he and I talk every day. He says I fit their 3-4 defense, and I like their plan for me as a defensive lineman.”
Though he’s settled on a top three, Moore says his list could grow depending on how his visits go in the coming months. Teammate Isaiah Graham, though, believes Moore is headed to LSU.
“Isaiah and I talk about it,” Moore said. “He said, ‘You really like LSU?’ I have a lot of purple and gold stuff. He said, ‘I thought you’re going to LSU’. I told him I didn’t know yet. TCU is coming in. It’s a tough decision between those two. And South Carolina is just now coming into the picture and I really like them. I don’t know right now.”
Moore is rated as the No. 36 prospect in Louisiana.