Four-star wide receiver D.J. Moore, a rising senior at Imhotep High School in Philadelphia, became very familiar with College Park before making his decision.
Imhotep football coach Albie Crosby said Moore visited Maryland’s campus three times in the past month, with the last trip coming just last Saturday.
The repeated visits were seemingly enough to lock things up for Moore, who announced his commitment to Maryland on Twitter Wednesday night.
“It wasn’t a long process,” Crosby said. “He was kind of going back and forth, going to see some schools this summer. I think the last time he went down there was pretty much the clincher. He was able to go down there and was just surrounded by a great environment. He got a great vibe from the school.
“He really enjoyed the campus, really enjoyed the coaching staff. So I thought it was a really good fit.”
Rivals.com ranks Moore as the No. 7 class of 2015 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania and the 33rd-best wide receiver in the nation. According to Rivals, he received offers from 14 schools including Virginia, Boston College, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
Mike Farrell, director of national recruiting for Rivals.com, said he wasn’t surprised at Moore’s choice as Maryland appeared to be atop his list all along.
“He wasn’t a guy who was leaning anywhere. He didn’t really come out and say, ‘Maryland’s my leader,’ or anything like that, but we knew he was high on them," Farrell said. "I think [Maryland recruiting coordinator] John Dunn did a great job with him. I think [head coach] Randy Edsall did a great job with him, and they beat out a lot of guys that they needed to beat out to get him.”
With his 6-foot, 200-pound frame, Moore pairs physicality and strength with an impressive skill set at the wide receiver position, Crosby said.
The Imhotep coach has gotten a chance to see Moore grow that skill set in the past two seasons.
“He’s just grown every year,” Crosby said. “His sophomore year, he was a receiver that was pretty young. He was able to run for a lot of the deep balls, but he had problems getting off the jam and things like that. Last season, he worked on it. He was a really hard guy to beat at the beginning of the route. He was always winning and just wants to just keep developing at the game. He works hard.”
Farrell foresees Moore making an immediate impact at Maryland as a true freshman.
“He’s ready,” Farrell said. “He’s a big kid. He can play slot or outside. He’s a very, very good route runner. He gets separation. He’s one of those guys that blew up in the spring. He just absolutely tore it up everywhere he went.”
Crosby said Moore’s decision came down to Maryland, Duke and a school closer to home in Temple, but the wide receiver couldn't stay away from College Park.
“In the end,” Crosby said, “Maryland was the one he felt was the perfect fit for him.”