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July 11, 2009After visiting Notre Dame late last month, Kendall Moore held a Saturday press conference to announce his college choice. Apparently, the Irish did plenty to impress this native of Raleigh, N.C. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound linebacker made his verbal commitment to Notre Dame official today at Southeast Raleigh High School in front of friends and family.
"It's just a whole bunch of things, a combination of things," said Moore about why he chose Notre Dame. "Academically and athletically it was the best choice for me."
It was also a good choice for his parents.
"They loved it," he said. "They are really excited and so am I."
Moore chose the Irish over Florida State, South Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Maryland, his other listed favorites.
"It was really my visit (to Notre Dame)," he said. "N.C. State is a good school, but I wanted to get away and start my college career. I wanted to get away; that played a factor."
Previously, Moore mentioned that even after making his verbal commitment he might be interested in taking several official visits during the fall season. That's still his plan, so long as Irish head coach Charlie Weis is on board.
"Yes sir, definitely," Moore said. "I felt like this is the start of my decision. I'm still going to wait throughout the whole season and see what goes on. I haven't talked to coach Weis about it, but I think that's pretty much accurate."
Moore said he's interested in checking out several schools.
"If possible I'd like to visit Florida State and Oregon, South Carolina and maybe Maryland, but that's just if coach Weis wants me to," he said.
Moore said he talked with the Irish coaching staff about a possible commitment during his visit to South Bend, but things weren't finalized until earlier this week.
"I didn't commit," he said. "I talked to them all this week; it was kind of a secret."
The Rivals250 prospect becomes the fourth four-star prospect to verbally commit to the Irish in the Class of 2010.
During his junior season at Southeast High School, Moore posted more than 120 tackles and six sacks. He is scheduled to return to South Bend on Oct. 16 for an official visit.