COLUMBIA, S.C. – Skai Moore is coming back for his senior season at South Carolina.
Moore was introduced with the South Carolina football team as a returning player at halftime of Saturday’s basketball game, with the announcer indicating Moore is coming back to try and lead the team in tackles for a fourth straight season.
The decision had long been expected that he would return, but the certainty in that decision fluctuated over the course of recent months.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Moore was set to be a senior linebacker in 2016, but had that delayed to 2017 after he missed the season after undergoing neck surgery in the spring. Throughout the season, he was cleared at various points to resume lifting weights and taking part in non-contact drills.
Multiple players said during bowl prep that Moore was looking good working in the weight room.
“He looks great,” linebacker T.J. Holloman said. “I’ve seen him in the weight room working out. He’s working really hard, getting bigger. I saw him the other day and was like, ‘Man, how much muscle have you put on?’ He looks phenomenal. I’m excited for what his future holds.”
At that time, Bryson Allen-Williams also threw an “if” in front of Moore’s decision to come back, leading to more questions as to if Moore indeed would return to play out his final year of eligibility.
Following South Carolina’s bowl game, coach Will Muschamp again said he expected Moore to be on the 2017 roster.
“Yes,” Muschamp said when asked if he expected Moore to be around in August. “Well, January will be first. Then August.”
Moore led South Carolina in tackles in each of his three seasons playing for the Gamecocks. He had 260 tackles in his career.
Moore joins a linebacker corps that features Allen-Williams, T.J. Brunson, Sherrod Pittman and a handful of incoming players next season.