Naples four-star defensive back Devin Moore chooses Notre Dame over Alabama, Florida, Miami

Alex Martin
Naples Daily News

When Naples defensive back Devin Moore took a visit to South Bend, Indiana, the weekend of June 12, he put out a tweet after the visit that excited Notre Dame fans across the midwest.

"First time in South Bend and won't be my last time!!," Moore said.

Moore has stuck to his word, and committed to head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish on Sunday evening.

"The combination of everything they offer is what sold me," Moore told the Naples Daily News. "Academics, football, brand, connections, fans, you name it. Everything is there."

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Naples (Fla.) High defensive back Devin Moore (right) after being announced to the All-American Bowl on NBC.

A starter since his freshman year, Moore is a two-time all-state selection – first at safety as a sophomore, then at cornerback last season as a junior. Recruiting site Rivals ranks Moore (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) as the No. 29 senior cornerback in the country and the No. 37 player overall in the state. He also possesses a 4.1 grade-point average.

CBS Sports analyst Tom Lemming was impressed when watching Moore play in the secondary, describing him as a physical, lockdown corner.

“He’s a really good one,” Lemming said. “I loved him. He’s excellent in coverage. He has loose hips and is able to run with receivers. He’s physical and will hit. He’s a remarkable player.” 

Moore previously took visits to Florida on June 1, Alabama on June 5, and Stanford on June 20-22. He says it was a lot closer of a decision than what some recruiting experts initially thought.

"Yeah, it was very close," Moore said of his other finalists. "All those other colleges are also great schools, and it all just came down to which one gave me the best combination."

Devin Moore, Naples: Moore snagged four interceptions this season, his third as a varsity starter for Naples’ powerhouse program. Moore has 10 career interceptions. Toward the end of the season, he began lining up at receiver and caught a 77-yard touchdown against Miami-Central in the regional semifinals.

Moore was believed to be the top defensive back on the board for Notre Dame, and that made him feel even closer to the Irish family.

"It meant a lot because as a recruit I feel you should go whenever you're wanted, due to that coaching staff believing in your ability to help them the most," Moore said.

Devin Moore, Naples High School

After becoming the eighth player in Collier County to be named to the All-American Bowl, FBU co-owner Steve Quinn lauded Moore's play over the past three seasons.

“Devin’s got athleticism and length. He’s strong, fast, versatile,” said Quinn, who is on the All-American Bowl selection committee. “Whatever kid he’s on, he takes him out of the game. He’s the kind of all-around athlete we want in our game.”

For Notre Dame, Moore becomes the 12th player in the recruiting class with a four-star grade. He will join Jaden Mickey and Jayden Bellamy as the three current defensive backs in the recruiting class, which is ranked second in the nation by 247Sports.

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