Teel Time: Michael Moore, Shawn's son, commits to U.Va. over Florida

More than a dozen past national champions offered Michael Moore football scholarships. But none could match Virginia’s trump.

Moore’s father.

Shawn Moore is the Cavaliers’ receivers coach and was an All-America quarterback at U.Va. Michael is an acclaimed defensive end from DeMatha High in suburban Washington, D.C., and Friday he pledged to the Cavaliers.

“It came down to Florida and Virginia,” said Moore, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound rising senior. “I could have been very happy at either school. Both schools are very good athletically. Both schools are very good academically.

“I decided to go with my gut feeling. … I’ve been going (to Virginia) since I was little.”

Without a trace of irony, Moore said the Cavaliers’ “family atmosphere” swayed him. He called head coach Mike London with his decision.

“Him being there makes me know Virginia a little bit more,” Moore said of his father.

Moore recalled taking unofficial visits to Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Clemson. According to Rivals.com, Oregon, Southern California, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska also offered him.

Moore, who also plays tight end at DeMatha, said he plans to major in business management or accounting.

“It’s a big relief,” he said of the decision. “I feel like a load just came off my back.”

Moore is Virginia’s seventh 2012 commitment. Special teams coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter was his primary recruiter.

Michael Moore and Norfolk Christian linebacker Kwontie Moore (no relation) are the most touted of the Cavaliers' 2012 pledges, and London hopes they eventually bolster a defense that ranked 70th nationally in points allowed last season.   

Shawn Moore quarterbacked Virginia to its first ACC championship, in 1989, and a year later the Cavaliers were ranked No. 1 nationally. He finished fourth in the 1990 Heisman Trophy voting.

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