Dante MooreThe No. 3 player in the Class of 2023, he has decommitted from Oregon to UCLA, he told ESPN.
Moore is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback from Detroit Power Martin Luther King High School. He led King to a state title earlier this month, and threw for 135 total touchdowns and nearly 10,000 yards in a four-year high school career as a starter.
Moore visited UCLA earlier this month and chose the Bruins because he felt it would be best for his development.
“I visited UCLA,” Moore told ESPN. “I spoke with God and my people and really within myself. I knew that UCLA was the right move for me.”
Moore cited former Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham taking the head coaching job at Arizona State as the biggest reason for his return from Oregon. He said he had a relationship with Dillingham at least three years ago. He said he’s happy with Dillingham — “I’m proud of him, I don’t have any hate” — and he appreciated everything the Oregon staff did during the recruiting process.
Moore has been committed there since July. Quarterback Bo Nick’s decision to return next year, announced last night, has not changed his decision. He expressed his appreciation for how the Oregon coaches handled his decision to commit elsewhere.
“It’s still a place I really like,” Moore said. “There is absolutely no love lost. I appreciate them recruiting me and taking my commitment and understanding my position.”
Moore’s commitment marks the biggest recruiting win of Chip Kelly’s tenure at Westwood, which is entering its sixth season. Moore trails No. 1 Malachi Nelson (USC) and No. 2 Arch Manning (Texas) in the ESPN 300 rankings.
According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, Moore’s commitment as the No. 3 player in the class tied Class of 2017 Jalan Phillips for the top-ranked recruit in school history for a UCLA record. (ESPN’s rankings go back to 2006.) Moore is the first ESPN 300 five-star recruit in Kelly’s career, according to ESPN Stats and Information Research.
Moore cited UCLA’s move to the Big Ten, where it will begin play in the 2024 season, as a factor in the decision.
“At this point, the TV time and exposure to market myself as a quarterback and as an athlete would be great,” he said.
Moore said the NIL did not play a major role in the decision. He admits there are NIL opportunities if he plays well at UCLA, but says he doesn’t want to go to NIL meetings if they show up on his itinerary on his recruiting visits. He said he didn’t want a football-based decision thrown at him at school.
“I want to keep majoring in football and be a college student and enjoy life,” he said. “Football is my main thing, it’s what I love, and I can keep the main thing.”
Moore touted the bond he built with Kelly, quarterbacks coach Ryan Gunderson and wide receivers coach Jerry Neuhessel in his recruiting.
Kelly is one of the most innovative offensive players in college football, and Moore gives him a high-profile prospect who could be a linchpin for the Bruins when they reach the Big Ten.
Moore grew up watching Marcus Mariota at Oregon and remembers the run-pass option play that Kelly ran while coaching Mariota there before she left for the NFL.
Kelly is entering his sixth year at UCLA and has gone 17-7 over the past two years.
In 2007, when Dixon ended up being the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, Kelly led Oregon’s Dennis Dixon to a human-caliber season, carving out ways to elevate quarterback tactics. Dixon’s Heisman campaign was marred by injuries.
Kelly in 2011. She coached Ricky Santos to New Hampshire’s top FCS player in 2005, worked with Darron Thomas on a team that played for the national title in 2010 and led Mariota to a stellar redshirt freshman season in 2012. Kelly returned to college football at UCLA five years later Dorian Thompson-Robinson He accounted for 36 touchdowns, including a 2022 star as a starter at quarterback.
Kelly coached as an NFL head coach with both the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. Along with Mariota, Moore mentioned coaching Colin Kaepernick as someone in the NFL.
Moore said his priority in recruiting is where he can develop the best, and he feels like he’s found that at UCLA.
“Coach Kelly, him being in the game a long time and being in the NFL and being in college and recruiting young kids, told us not to rush anything,” Moore said. “Coach Kelly is a funny guy, very intelligent,” he added. He knows a lot about his body and how quarterbacks work and has a program that will benefit the player. I can count on my years in college.
Moore’s commitment marks the second significant quarterback commitment to UCLA in recent days. Kent state transfer Colin Schley He announced his commitment to the Bruins on Saturday.
Moore told ESPN that he will graduate early from high school and enroll at UCLA in January.