Five-star quarterback Dante Meer Oregon Ducks have committed, SportsCenter announced Friday.
Moore, who is number eight in the 2023 ESPN 300 overall standings, is the highest stakes effort of new head coach Dan Lanning and his staff. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit is the No. 3 pocket fit in the country.
“Coach Lanning would be a great coach because he knows what it takes to get to a national championship, and of course in Georgia,” Moore told ESPN. “Fitness trainer [Kenny] Dillingham as my offensive coordinator, I know I can be trusted for many years to come. The playmakers and the team they build around them will be fantastic for me in the future. ”
Despite reports that Notre Dame was high school at some point during his draft, Moore continued to visit schools, including Texas A&M, California State University and Miami, to make sure he made the best decision.
“Visiting all the schools with different facilities, different coaching staffs, meeting good coaches … and talking to them is probably one of the best things to do throughout the process,” Moore told ESPN. “… no one showed a preference for anyone during the whole process, I was open and I enjoyed it.”
Moore, who last moved to Oregon in late June, had already established a relationship with Florida offensive coordinator Dillingham before joining Lanning in Oregon. Moore wanted to build a better relationship with the rest of the staff, and he succeeded during his visit, just as he got used to the university itself.
“To go out and see the facilities, the best facilities in the country, I think,” Moore said. “Everything has been updated and [Nike founder] Phil Knight has put a lot of money into the university. Everything in college will help. People who go to Oregon get the most out of their entire participation process because they have all the tools you need to improve yourself. ”
Oregon is a school that many potential customers look to for NIL deals and networking opportunities beyond the university experience, and Moore understands the potential of building his brand with the Ducks.
“Throughout this process, a lot of coaches and journalists from me know that when it comes to NIL, I’m just a kid trying to play football and improve myself,” Moore said. “I know it’s Nike and Phil Knight. Of course there could be great opportunities for NIL and building my brand. I know it’s going to be a great process, but we haven’t talked much about it until now.”
The timing of Moore’s commitment comes after USC and UCLA announced they would leave the Pac-12 to join the Big 10 in 2024. This leaves Oregon with questions about its future, but the uncertainty has not stopped Moore.
“I called Coach Dillingham and asked him if they wanted to join the Big Ten and he said they did not know yet,” Moore said. “Coach Lanning and all the coaches and everyone else have not contributed much to it, but if they join them or join the Big 12 or whatever, I know we’re going to a big conference to keep competing. and be the best we can be. “
Moore has the talent and ability to go head to head in Oregon. Lanning and Dillingham added Auburn transfer Bo Knicks to the next two seasons. Former ESPN 300 quarterback Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield are also on the list.
Thompson and Butterfield do not have much experience; The Knicks played for Dillingham in his first season at Auburn.
“You can have more recipients in the field, more employees,” Moore said. “But as a quarterback, there is only one of you on the pitch. You have to trust that your quarterback coach and your offensive coordinator think they can help you get into the league or help you improve.”
“They have a lot of quarterbacks on the list, but I would like to compete, maybe try to get a runway or get into the league. You have to compete everywhere. When I looked at the quarterback’s depth chart, that was a big part of the whole process. ”
Moore was one of two ESPN 300 quarterbacks who had yet to commit to leaving Dylan Lonergan (# 62) as the only uncommitted caller to the top 300 signal in the class.