After taking a visit to Florida, DeMatha rising senior defensive end and tight end Michael Moore spent the past week trying to decide between a scholarship offer from the Gators and one from the Virginia Cavaliers, the team for which his father, Shawn, once starred at quarterback and now coaches wide receivers.
While it was not a surprise Friday morning that Moore announced he will play for Virginia, he said his father’s presence “didn’t really make a difference. I really just had it down to two and felt Virginia was the best spot for me.
“It’s just me knowing most of the guys on the team,” Moore said. “I’ve been going there since I was little, know everything about it. I know the team inside and out.”
Moore, who is 6 feet 4, has added 10 pounds since the end of last season, bulking up to 255 pounds. He plans to play defensive end in college.
“He has god-given size and ability for a defensive end and tight end and moves extremely well,” DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks said, noting that Moore had more than 40 scholarship offers. “He’s very physical, the prototypical d-end for the college level. I definitely think he’ll be successful at U-Va.”