June 5, 2008

Moore ahead for touted tackle

Without question, the biggest need for Tennessee in recruiting is at defensive tackle, and Phillip Fulmer has turned his attention to Montgomery, Ala., tackle Brandon Moore.

"I just got an offer from Tennessee a couple of days ago," Moore said. "Everyone has a crack in the door. I guess you could say that everyone is still swimming. Nobody is drowning."

Swimming is something that Moore does a lot. He works at the local YMCA from Monday through Friday and is always in the weight room or swimming pool when he's not working.

"I get up and lift weights at six in the morning, go to work at eight and then lift again at four after I get off work," Moore said. "I also love to swim because it's a two for one deal. It helps me get in better shape and it's fun. You can't beat that."

Moore will spend next week at a Christian camp in Black Mountain, N.C., before returning home and starting his summer-long camp tour.

"I know I'm going to a lineman camp at Alabama, camp at Auburn, and Mississippi State for camp sometime in July," Moore said. "I hope to make a lot of unofficial visits this summer so I can focus on my officials this fall."

He is also focused on becoming a better player by working diligently to improve his game in every area.

"I eat up a lot of space because I'm so big," Moore said. "I change a lot of game plans from running at me. They run to the other side.

"Some people are saying that I don't need to go to camps because my name is already out there. It's not about getting recognition or camp awards to me, though. I'm trying to get better. I want to get stronger and work on my 40 time and get better stamina."

As for the Vols, Moore has been doing his research on the team that hails from Knoxville.

"I know they have a very good offense," Moore said. "They got Eric Berry and he made a big impact last year. Jerod Mayo played for them and was drafted high. I do my homework on the schools I like. One of my coaches is a big Tennessee fan so he tells me about them."

Moore (6-foot-5, 313 pounds) is an athlete who also plays for the Carver High School basketball team. He plays on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school and could play either one at the next level.

"A lot of schools are telling me they will decide when I get there," Moore said. "I don't want anyone to give me something I haven't worked hard for. I want to work and earn my spot. If I have to wait to play then so be it.

Moore won't have a decision for a while and hopes to make all of his official visits this fall before he finally pulls the trigger on a commitment.

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