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Oregon Ducks secure commitment of QB Dante Moore, No. 8 college football rookie for 2023

Five-star quarterback Dante Moore has signed with the Oregon Ducks, he announced Friday on SportsCenter.

Moore, who is ranked No. 8 overall on the 2023 ESPN 300, is the highest-ranked commitment for new Ducks coach Dan Lanning and his team. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit is the third-highest pocket passer in the nation.

“Coach Lanning is going to be a great head coach because he knows what it takes to get to a national championship, of course being in Georgia,” Moore told ESPN. “Coach [Kenny] Dillingham as an offensive coordinator, I know I can be trusted for years to come. Playmakers and the team they build around them will be great for me going forward.”

Despite reports that Notre Dame would be the top school at some point in his recruiting, Moore continued to visit schools including Texas A&M, LSU and Miami to ensure he was making the best decision.

“Visiting all the schools with different facilities, different coaching teams and meeting great coaches…and talking to them is probably one of the best things to do throughout the process,” Moore told ESPN. “…There was no one I was showing favoritism to throughout the process, I was open and just enjoyed.”

Moore, who made his last college visit to Oregon in late June, had already established a relationship with Dillingham, who was Florida State’s offensive coordinator before joining Lanning at Oregon. Moore wanted to establish a better relationship with the rest of the staff and was able to do so during her visit, as well as get a feel for the university itself.

“Go out there and see the facilities, the best facilities in the country, I believe,” Moore said. “Everything is updated and [Nike founder] Phil Knight has invested so much money in college. Anything in college will help. People who go to Oregon get the best throughout their process of being there because they have all the tools they need to improve.”

Oregon is a school many prospects seek out for NIL offers and for networking potential beyond the college experience, and Moore understands the potential to build his brand with the Ducks.

“This whole process, many coaches and journalists know about me, as far as NIL is concerned, I’m just a kid trying to play football and try to get better,” Moore said. “I know it’s Nike and Phil Knight. Of course there can be great opportunities for NIL and building my brand. I know it will be a great process, but at the moment we don’t have one. talked a lot.”

The timing of Moore’s commitment comes after USC and UCLA announced they would both leave the Pac-12 to join the Big 10 in 2024. That leaves Oregon with questions about its future. , but the uncertainty did not faze Moore.

“I called Coach Dillingham and asked if they were joining the Big 10, and he said they didn’t know yet,” Moore said. “Coach Lanning and all the coaches and everybody hasn’t contributed much to that, but if they join them or join the Big 12 or whatever, I know we’ll be in a big conference so that we just keep competing and being the best we can be.”

Moore has the talent and ability to come compete right away at Oregon. Lanning and Dillingham added Auburn transfer Bo Nix for the next two seasons. Former ESPN 300 quarterback Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield are also on the list.

Thompson and Butterfield don’t have much experience; Nix played for Dillingham at Auburn his first season.

“You can have multiple receivers on the field, multiple linemen,” Moore said. “But being a quarterback, you’re only one on the field. You have to trust your quarterback coach and your offensive coordinator to believe that they can help you get into the league or help you. to improve.

“They have several quarterbacks on the roster, but I want to come in and compete, possibly try to get a starting job or compete. You have to compete everywhere. Looking at the quarterback depth chart, it was a lot of that whole process.”

Moore was one of two ESPN 300 quarterbacks yet to commit, leaving Dylan Lonergan (#62) as the only uncommitted flagger among the top 300 in the class.

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