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Trainer | New 2024 Notre Dame CB Commit Leonard Moore Is "Complete Package"

February 6, 2023
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Ask him about Leonard Moore‍ and it’ll take Bernard Blake a bit to mention the 2024 Texas cornerback’s talent on the football field.

“Leonard just comes from a great family, a real close-knit group of people,” says Blake, owner of Bam Performance, a company specializing in training defensive backs.

“They have their values, they have their morals, and they all stand and abide by those, academics being one of the main ones. Leonard's taken care of that since day one. He literally has a GPA that I didn't even know was possible of having.”

Moore, who announced his commitment to Notre Dame over the weekend, has a grade-point average above 5.0.

“Academically, Leonard can get into any school that he wanted to get into,” says Blake. “His dad's a college professor and so academics means more to them than football.”

So, it isn’t a surprise that when Blake does get around to talking about the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder’s game, knowledge is the first thing that comes up.

“He's a real, real, real true student of the game,” Blake says. “He literally gradually gets better every time you watch him play.

“He can play man defense very well. He can play his zone coverage extremely well. He has the athletic ability to make plays on the football. I can go on and on, but he's a complete player for real. He's truly a complete guy.

“He has a unique ability to dissect information and process information about who he's going against. He finds ways to get into his groove using that same information. He's able to study his opponents, have a feel for the game, understand the ins and outs, the whys behind the coverages he's in and his responsibilities and things of that nature, what techniques he can use, when he can use those techniques. He does whatever he can to make sure he has all the tools in his bag as possible.”

Blake sees Notre Dame as an obvious fit for Moore.

“Notre Dame is a very prestigious academic school, I know that those type programs weigh heavily because again, his dad is a college professor, so the emphasis is definitely on academics,” says Blake. “Scheme-wise, I think Leonard could play in almost any scheme in the country. Being able to play against some of those bigger receivers or play in a more aggressive defensive scheme like Notre Dame, that could definitely help him.

“I think his IQ, his understanding for the game of football and the position itself, I think that will allow him to play man coverage as well as zone coverage. Leonard can excel in those type of schemes. I would say Notre Dame would be a fit for both.”

Blake played cornerback at Colorado State and was set to get a shot with the Green Bay Packers before that dream was cut short by medical situation.

Having the chance to see Moore progress every single week makes it difficult for Blake to say just how good the Round Rock High School standout can ultimately be.

“A guy who continuously grows session in and session out, week in and week out, game in, game out or whatever the case may be, it's kind of hard to find a ceiling for those types of guys,” he says.

“That's one of the biggest things about Leonard is he doesn't care about a lot of attention. He doesn't care about the glitz and glamour. He wants to put on his work hat and then just go to work...we're still searching for his ceiling.”

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