May 9, 2011

Moore has his goals

JEFFERSON - Corey Moore isn't about to make any predictions as far as playing time next fall, but one thing is for certain - it's certainly a goal.

"I'm going to come in, work hard and make an impact as soon as possible," Moore said during a break at last week's state track meet. "I'd definitely like to get on the field as quick as I can."

As UGASports continues its series breaking down Georgia's incoming freshman class, we take a look at the safety from Griffin, who some are projecting will indeed see the field early during this fall.

Granted, he's going to have to work to earn it.

Bacarri Rambo is penciled in as the starter at free safety, but the strong side is up for grabs with Jakar Hamilton, Shawn Williams, Marc Deas and Sanders Commings - who was moved to safety from cornerback in the spring - battling for significant playing time as well.

But Moore, who was rated by as the fifth-best overall defensive back as a senior, will get his chance to prove to secondary coach Scott Lakatos that he deserves to be in the mix.

The four-star performer who excelled in January's U.S. Army All-American Game is known as a ferocious hitter with excellent cover skills, a skill set teams like the Bulldogs can never have enough of.

Moore said he and Lakatos communicate on a daily basis.

"I text him every day and he texts me," Moore said. "We talk about what they're expecting of me coming in and I talk to him about what I plan on doing."

According to Moore, he's going to have a lot on his proverbial plate.

"Just work hard and learn the system the best I can," he said. "The biggest thing for me will be adjusting to the audibles, but that's true anytime you're learning a new system. That's the biggest thing for me right now."

Moore said he's impressed with what Lakatos has had to say.

"He's a real good defensive backs coach. He's big on fundamentals, he's all about business but he's also a nice dude," Moore said. "He's going to be the perfect coach for me at Georgia."

Although Moore was one of the first players to commit to the Bulldogs, he said that didn't keep other schools from trying to get him to change his mind.

"I just told them thanks, but no thanks," he said. "Georgia was always where I wanted to go. All my hard work has paid off in the end. I never thought any of this would happen to me."

Moore said he plans on arriving in Athens with the rest of the "Dream Team" on June 6.

"They (coaches) talked to me about the Dream Team when I first committed, although at first I wasn't sure what that meant," Moore said. "They said they were starting a Dream Team, it was beginning with me, that they wanted to make it happen and I could be a part of that success. They wanted me to help start recruiting, so that's what I tried to do."

Moore certainly did his part there.

Upon his commitment to Georgia, Moore became an extension of head coach Mark Richt's recruiting arsenal as he stayed in the ear of players like Isaiah Crowell, among others, helping to convince them that Athens was the place to be.

Now that the Dream Team is in place, Moore said all sights are set on the future and the eventual impact he and the rest of his class want to one day make.

"We don't talk about the expectations, but we do want to help change the program," Moore said. "The Dream Team stuff, we'll leave that to the fans. We just want to help Georgia get back on top."

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