Kameron Moore wasn’t surprised, but he was certainly excited Wednesday when he received a scholarship offer from UCF.
Moore, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker at Sanford Seminole, is quite familiar with the Knights’ program having watched older brother Brandon “Bam” Moore play his first three years at UCF before transferring to FSU earlier this year.
Brandon Moore started what has been a Sanford pipeline to UCF, which has also recently included receiver Gabe Davis, who now plays for the Buffalo Bills, and Davis’ younger brother, tight end Jordan Davis, who was a redshirt freshman this past season.
The Knights have also offered Kameron Moore’s teammates and best friends: the Henderson twins, defensive backs Demari and Ja’Cari.
“It feels good, but I know I’ve got to stay humble through everything,” Moore said.
With Bam Moore having played there, it possibly gives UCF a leg up on the competition.
“I think it increases things a little more, ... brings me in more than the other schools,” Moore said of his connection to the school, though adding it’s much too early to start making a decision. “It’s a pull, but it’s not a big pull for me.
“It wasn’t like something that caught me off guard, but it was exciting. I’m excited because it’s a big school, it’s right up the road and Coach Malzahn came from an SEC school, so he knows some football and so I think it’s good to get recognized by them.”
Moore has been recruited by UCF defensive coordinator Travis Williams, who made the offer Wednesday, but then put Moore on the phone with new head coach Gus Malzahn.
“Coach TWill, he’s the guy whose been on me,” Moore said. “[Malzahn] sounded like a pretty cool dude. They said they were going to start recruiting me heavy now and they said they like my play on the field and they like the things they’ve been hearing about me ... my character, my leadership and stuff like that.”
Seminole coach Eric Lodge called Moore a coach on the field, and the senior-to-be is adept at changing defenses on the fly when the game situation calls for it.
Moore, the No. 5-ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2022 Central Florida Super60, helped lead Seminole to the Class 8A state championship this past season, averaging 6.3 tackles per game.
His first offer was from Louisville before he added UCF, East Carolina and Marshall to the list.
He said he’s not sure which college camps he will attend this summer, but Seminole will be playing in the UCF 7-on-7 tournament June 5, as well as possibly the USF and Florida 7-on-7s.
With his brother at FSU, he figures he might start drawing attention from the Seminoles, but that has not happened so far.
Moore isn’t concerned about his number of offers at this point. He just wants to remain true to his immediate task, and that’s focusing on winning back-to-back state titles.
“I just have to maintain, stay humble and not get too big-headed,” Moore said. “I care about [recruiting], but then again, I don’t really care about it.”