ATLANTA - Central East (Fresno, Calif.) safety L.J. Moore will probably be the first to say that his first trip to the state of Georgia could have gone a lot smoother.
The star defensive back flew out of Fresno with a connecting flight in Denver that was severely delayed, and instead of arriving in the afternoon on Friday with most of the other prospects, Moore didn't get into Atlanta until almost 1 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Moore, however, refused to let a small travel hiccup put a damper on his weekend at the Rivals100 Five Star Challenge.
"This is a great camp. I love the set up." said Moore said on Sunday. "It has been great experience with a lot of great competition out here. It is great to see how I compare and where I am in the nation."
Moore played some cornerback and some safety for the West Team in the 7on7 tournament, and feels that the level competition at the camp has helped him improve in a short period of time.
"I've gotten better since I got here," he said. "The competition here is the best, and going up against the best has definitely helped me get better. There are some great receivers and great corners, and basically there is some great talent at every position out here so it is cool to see where you stack up. I feel pretty confident in my talent level and I'm going to keep competing for the rest of the day."
Coming into the Five Star Challenge, Moore told UGASports that he planned to take advantage of his time in Atlanta and visit one of his top schools, Georgia, while he was close by.
Due to the fact that his mother couldn't get a flight to Atlanta, those plans changed.
"I was excited to have a chance to go see UGA, and I'm disappointed that I can't now," said Moore. "I'm just going to keep them there in my top schools. I like them a lot and I'm just going to see how it goes."
With so many schools vying for his services, the four star defender will be the first to admit that the recruiting process is starting to get a little wild.
"It is pretty hectic," he said. "Getting calls from coaches and always having to call coaches. It gets a little crazy, but I am enjoying the process for the most part."
According to the Fresno native, Georgia is one of the schools contacting him the most, and while they aren't sure if they like him more at safety or corner at this point, the effort the UGA staff has put forth is one of the big reasons that the Bulldogs are firmly in Moore's top group.
"My top schools are UGA, UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma," said Moore. "Those are definitely the top schools on my list."
The recruiting process is currently a mixed bag of stress and fun for the Rivals250 prospect, but with his senior season quickly approaching, Moore is as excited as anyone that competition is on the way.
"I can't wait for it to get here," said Moore. "These 7on7's are great, but things are so much different when you strap the pads on. I can't wait to get going there."
With plenty of time to take visits and make a decision, Moore plans to take as much of that time as he can to enjoy the process and make the correct decision.
"I don't know when I'm going to decide, but I'm going to take as much time as possible," he said. "When I find the team I fit the best with and where I can get on the field the earliest, that is when I'll decide."
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