Acadiana High School’s Kevin Moore didn’t see the rationale in belaboring the point.
Moore, a key figure in the Wrecking Rams’ fourth Class 5A state championship last season, could have continued piling up scholarship offers in the same manner he recorded tackles from his linebacker position.
Instead of watching such a list needlessly balloon, Moore began downsizing, paring his list of 17 schools that had offered to a top five.
“It was a real hard decision to pick five out of that many,” Moore said. “I had to write down some of the pros and cons. I didn’t want to just hold offers. I didn’t come into the summer with a date in mind where I was going to narrow it down. It was more something that just happened.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Moore heads into the start of his senior season and pursuit of a third consecutive state championship with five schools — Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona State and Oklahoma State — as the primary group he will consider when signing in February.
“I don’t have a favorite at this point,” Moore said. “I’m excited and I’m loving it. I still have that part in the back of my mind, ‘What if I don’t make the right decision.’ Everything’s a rush. It’s new.”
Never had playing college football entered Moore’s mind until his freshman year at Acadiana where he got a firsthand account of some of the program’s top players going through their own respective recruiting processes.
One such teammate, Claude George, is entering his junior year as a linebacker at Texas A&M.
There were additional examples of his peers throughout the Lafayette area that helped motivate Moore to take his own career in such a direction.
“That’s when I noticed I could take my talents to the next level if I kept working,” he said. “I got my head right and got my grades right and focused on just playing football. There were guys at my school and in the city that I looked up to doing just that.”
Moore started at middle linebacker as a sophomore when he was summoned midway through the 2014 season for help at the team’s most important position.
The Rams were 4-4 and in search of a quarterback that could consistently lead the offense and reduce turnovers, a change Moore graciously accepted with his team nearing postseason play.
Moore’s steady presence and ability to take care of the ball in Acadiana’s veer offense enabled the Rams to take off, rattling off seven consecutive victories to close out the season and capped with a 23-7 win over Destrehan in the state championship game.
Moore wound up with 150 tackles and four interceptions, including 10 tackles and a 3-of-5 performance for 121 yards and a TD in the state final.
“Of course we’re working for another state championship,” Moore said of his goals for the upcoming season. “My main focus is for me to get better at everything. I want our younger players to follow me and do what I do and use me as motivation.”
Moore, who said he’s not playing quarterback in 2015, has established himself as a three-star prospect at outside linebacker where most schools have projected him playing.
Among his group of finalists, Moore has only visited hometown UL-Lafayette and Texas, allowing him to utilize his official visits to see the remaining schools sometime this fall.
“I’m coming from such a great program at Acadiana, I’ll have an advantage of getting coached by great coaches,” Moore said. “If I stay here everyone would know me.
“If I decided to go to another school, I don’t have a problem with it at all.”