Briar Woods junior outside linebacker Dominic Moore finished his first season with the Falcons with 74 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. Although he was the third leading tackler on the Virginia 5A state championship runner-up Falcons he didn’t earn any offers.
Moore is spending this spring gaining weight and playing with the Perfect Performance 7-on-7 team to stay in football shape. He spent last weekend playing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and plans to hit several college camps moving forward to boost his stock.
Recruiting Insider caught up with Moore to discuss his first season at Briar Woods, the teams expectations for next year after losing a standout senior class, and his recruiting outlook.
Recruiting Insider: Why did you transfer to Briar Woods after playing well on St. Mary’s Ryken’s varsity team as a sophomore?
Dominic Moore: I heard about the program from my cousin Osaze Moore and I decided to enroll over the summer. I felt like I needed a change to excel to make it to the next level, and I knew Briar Woods could take me there.
RI: How did you transition into the Falcons 3-4 defense to earn a starting job in the preseason?
DM: Coach Charlie Pierce helped me out a lot and linebacker/wide receiver Melvin Holland Jr. would text me and give me a ton of tips. It wasn’t easy learning the system and coach was hard on me early on. But because I was the new guy, I completely understand why the coach was hard on me.
RI: Have you taken visits to any schools since the season ended?
DM: On our way to the 7-on-7 tournament at the IMG Academy we stopped by the University of Georgia and Clemson University. It was nice to see both top-1o programs. After checking out Georgia they said they wanted me to come down to a camp soon and I think that means a lot for me moving forward.
RI: After a standout junior campaign why do you think you still are without an offer?
DM: On all the unofficial visits I took and in the conversations I had with coaches I continuously heard that I had to get bigger and I was too small for the outside linebacker position. I’ve been bulking up since the season ended, I was playing at about 180 and as of today I weigh 210 pounds. I remember talking to a Maryland linebacker coach and they said they wanted to pass me over to the safeties because of my size. But I don’t have any safety tape so I could’t get passed on so I just put the work in. I’m looking forward to letting them see my frame at the camps.
RI: How did you gain 30 pounds in just under four months?
DM: Honestly, I don’t know know and I didn’t think I could do it (laughs). I’m lifting six days a week and I have a very serious meal plan that I follow on a daily basis. And I’ve grown an inch too, I’m right at 6-foot-2 now.
RI: What schools are showing you interest at the moment?
DM: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, North Carolina State, James Madison and Old Dominion.
RI: Is it frustrating at all seeing your peers pick up offers and commit while you wait for the first offer?
DM: It’s a little frustrating because I know I’m a good player. I saw Brandon [Polk] committed to Penn State and I thought man that would be a nice place for me. But I just have to wait my turn, it’s going to come.
RI: With the loss of 24 seniors what should we expect from a Briar Woods program that’s played in four consecutive state championships?
DM: Last season, we didn’t do everything perfect and we still ended up playing in the state championship and barely lost. It’s going to be difficult this season with the loss of so much talent and every game will be a dog fight. We have to be as perfect as you possibly can be this year.
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Check out some great shots from Osbourn Park’s 10-7 win over Centreville Tuesday in Manassas.