In the final analysis, it was “Guns Up” for Acadiana High School’s Kevin Moore.
Moore, a Class 5A All-State honorable mention choice last season, committed to Texas Tech on Thursday.
“I feel like I made the best decision of my life,” Moore said Friday.
The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker had considered Texas Tech, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas and hometown UL-Lafayette.
Texas Tech was the only school to land an official visit when Moore made the trip to Lubbock, Texas, with his mother Sept. 4. It’s an experience that went a long way to cementing his decision nearly two months later.
“After the visit, I took a while and thought about it,” Moore said. “I had a great experience. I loved the campus and the coaches and the love that they showed. I loved exactly how they showed me what they were going to do with me and how they wanted to use my skills. I felt it was the right decision and right place for me to be.”
Moore canceled a visit to Arizona State on Thursday and hasn’t decided whether he’ll take a scheduled visit to Oklahoma State next month.
Moore is the second member of Acadiana’s reigning two-time Class 5A state championship team to issue a commitment, joining defensive end Malik George (Stephen F. Austin). Tight end-defensive end Javonis Isaac recently decommitted from Arkansas State.
“(Moore) has great instincts along with a great football IQ,” Acadiana coach Ted Davidson said. “He enhances this with solid game preparation.”
Moore was a driving force who helped Acadiana to the 2014 state title, playing middle linebacker and quarterback in the Rams’ quest which ended with a 23-7 victory over Destrehan.
This season, Moore has concentrated on defense. He has 83 tackles with eight tackles for losses, five sacks and two interceptions. Acadiana (6-2), which is idle this week, has already captured a share of the District 3-5A championship. The Rams conclude their regular season at home Thursday against New Iberia.
“I like to help my team in any way possible,” Moore said. “Having only played defense has helped out a lot in keeping our defense on track. We’ve had some real good games the last couple of weeks.”
Moore is regarded as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, which lists him as the state’s No. 59 prospect. He’s capable of playing either outside linebacker or safety.
Texas Tech, whose lead recruiter for Moore was defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis, has 24 commitments and its second from a Louisiana prospect along with Mandeville linebacker Johnathan Picone.
“It’s a relief. Now I can focus even more on finishing up my senior season off good,” Moore said. “I’m trying to lead my team to another state championship.”