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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 Rover Candidate Josh Moore Has Interest In Notre Dame

April 17, 2020

During the contact period – and before Notre Dame had filled the open spots on its football coaching staff – graduate assistant Nick Leznyski was deputized in a sense and was sent out on the road to recruit for the Irish.

One of the stops Lezysnki made was at Marist School in Atlanta, the old stomping grounds of Kyle Hamilton, who enjoyed an All-American freshman year in South Bend.

While at Marist, Lezynski had the chance to meet 2021 Georgia safety Josh Moore‍. They couldn’t speak in person for long, but they did catch up on the phone for a half-hour later.

“He was talking to me about their process, where they see me playing,” Moore explained. “He said they like me at the Rover position, which #6 (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah) currently plays.”

Moore has a lengthy list of offers that includes Michigan State, Iowa State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Virginia, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Syracuse, Yale, Princeton and Dartmouth among others.

He was planning to visit South Bend before the NCAA instituted a dead period in response to COVID-19 concerns.

“The next step was going to be getting on campus, but because of all the stuff that’s happening now, I guess we’ll see when that happens,” he said.

He doesn’t know when he’ll be able to get there now, but certainly wants to.

“I definitely want to get up there,” he said. “My friend Justin is always up there because his dad went there. He’s been telling me about how awesome it is, so I definitely want to get up there.”

Moore texted with Hamilton last month.

“I was like, ‘How did you know Notre Dame was the place for you? How did you weed through all of these places?’” Moore explained. “He said, ‘You’ll just know it’s the place. To go to Notre Dame, you need to know you should go there.’”

Prior to the dead period, Moore was at Georgia Tech and had the chance to get to Louisville back in the fall. He’s hoping to hit the road again soon.

“This summer, if they allow us, I’ll get to Boston College, Virginia, Duke, Wake, all of the close places I’ll definitely get to,” he said. “The far places, I’m trying to get to.”

With the uncertainty of the process at this point, Moore doesn’t have a firm timeline for a decision, but is thinking maybe early fall. Education will be paramount when that time comes.

“I value it, my parents value it. I guess you could say they instilled that value in me. I like to compete in the classroom too. I’m competitive on that front as well as on the field. I know football ends one day, so you have to have something after that and that’s what a great education will give you. You can get a job at a really good place.”

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