AUSTIN, Texas -- Junior college defensive tackle Brandon Moore (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College) had been linked to Texas since he took his official visit on Nov. 19. His phone wouldn't stop ringing with people asking if he was already committed to the Longhorns.
Moore's answer had always been a resounding "No." He said he was interested seeing other schools, particularly Miami and Florida.
But that all changed Wednesday night after a visit from Texas defensive tackles coach Bo Davis.
"Coach Davis came in the office today and I committed," Moore told HornsNation Wednesday night. "I just feel real comfortable with him. I feel like he is the right person to get me to where I am trying to go. So that's why I committed."
Moore's and Davis' friendship began back when Moore was a highly regarded recruit from Montgomery (Ala.) Carver. Davis was then a member of Alabama's coaching staff, which got Moore to commit to the Crimson Tide.
Moore ended up playing in four games and made three tackles as a freshman on Alabama's 2009 national championship team that defeated Texas. He transferred to EMCC shortly after Alabama coach Nick Saban suspended him indefinitely for a violation of team rules and policy.
He said he received some good-natured fun from the current Longhorns when he went to Austin for his official visit, and said he is excited about the possibility of trying to return to that stage with Texas.
"It's a winning program," Moore said. "And I am confident in Coach [Mack] Brown. I feel like that in the next few years it will be one of the top teams in the Big 12 and the country."
Moore said that he also chose Texas because it gave him a chance to get out of the state of Alabama where there were just too many distractions.
"I'm relieved," he said. "I really didn't want to go to another school for real, for real. I am looking forward to getting down there and enrolling in January. This is my school."
Moore has three years to play two for the Longhorns. He'll be a welcomed addition across a defensive front that will lose senior defensive tackle Kheeston Randall and return a bunch of promising younger players.
"I feel some experience can help and I bring some more size," Moore said. "They aren't the biggest defensive line in the country."
Moore is right about that. He stands 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds. Texas' returning interior linemen are as follows: freshman Taylor Bible (6-5, 315); freshman De'Aires Cotton (6-4, 297); freshman Greg Daniels (6-5, 280); sophomore Ashton Dorsey (6-5, 295); sophomore Calvin Howell (6-4, 290); sophomore Chris Whaley (6-3, 279); and freshman Desmond Jackson (6-1, 285).
"I already knew what I could do. He knows, too," Moore said of Coach Davis. "I went to the game [on Nov. 19 against Kansas State] and saw what they had. They need some help. I can give it to them. I feel like I can rush the passer and stop the run. I think I can do some things immediately to help them out."
Another thing that Moore said he can do is win, and there is no disputing that. He's done it wherever he's been. Be it a national title with Alabama or a NJCAA national championship, which he won on Dec. 3. Moore had 38 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, three sacks and nine quarterback hurries for EMCC this season.
Moore, the 23rd player to commit to Texas for 2012, is the second junior college player to commit to the Longhorns Wednesday. Donald Hawkins (Senatobia, Miss./Northwest Mississippi Community College) committed as well.
Before today, Brown had signed two juco players in his time with Texas. Moore, for one, thinks it's a great decision.
"Speaking for myself, I think it was a smart idea for me to come down here," he said. "A lot of big names come out of junior colleges. Terrence Cody came out of junior college. Look what he did. Nick Fairley went to junior college, too. There isn't anything wrong with junior college."
Cody was a consensus All-American nose guard for Alabama on its 2009 national championship team, and Fairley won the 2010 Lombardi Trophy and a national title with Auburn.
Moore hopes to follow in their footsteps with the Longhorns. Until he enrolls at Texas, he'll simply enjoy a little peace and quiet on the recruiting front.
"It's one day that you can mark down in history," Moore said. "I feel good. I can get this monkey off my back. I don't have to worry about the phone calls anymore. I can ignore that stuff and focus on football."
William Wilkerson covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation
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