Former Countryside standout Tyler Moore has officially left Nebraska and will transfer to Florida according to his father, Brian Moore.
Tyler Moore made the decision earlier this week but waited until Thursday to call Gators coach Will Muschamp and tell him the news.
“Tyler told me earlier in the week that he made up his mind,” Brian Moore said. “I told him to call the coaches at Florida and make their day.”
Moore, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound sophomore, was a five-star high school recruit in the class of 2011. He committed to the Cornhuskers and made an immediate impact, becoming the first true freshman offensive lineman to start a season opener for the school last year.
Moore was expected to start at left tackle this season, but left Nebraska in August to take the semester off and reassess his college options.
Since Moore came home, Florida’s staff has been aggressive in trying to lure him to Gainesville. Muschamp called Moore’s high school coach, John Davis (now at Clearwater Central Catholic), days after Moore left Nebraska.
“I talked with (Muschamp) for two hours about Tyler,” Davis said. “Of course, FSU and Miami called soon after that. It was like I was going through the recruiting process with him all over again. But Florida really stayed with him. They’re getting a good one.”
Brian Moore said the recruitment did not end there. Muschamp called Tyler the day before the Texas A&M game Sept. 8 and the day of the Tennessee game last weekend.
“Florida’s whole staff has been phenomenal throughout the process,” Brian Moore said. “They had a lot of energy and they worked hard to get him.”
By landing Moore, the Gators fill a need on the line with left tackle Xavier Nixon graduating.
Brian Moore said his son is taking nearly 20 credit hours at St. Petersburg College to complete his associate in arts degree and plans to enroll at Florida next semester.
After leaving Nebraska, Brian Moore said Tyler considered going back but decided against it because of how he might be perceived by teammates.
“The big question was how open would his teammates be after he left,” Brian Moore said. “That would have been a big gamble. They would have every right to be apprehensive about welcoming him back. That kind of weighed on his decision.”
Tyler has spent this semester working out twice a day with his father. He also was on the sidelines when Countryside hosted East Lake two weeks ago.
“Tyler is not just working out to stay in shape,” Brian Moore said. “He wants to be in better shape than when he left. He’s excited again. He never was a big Gator fan. But now he’s cheering for them and taping games.
“It’s a great situation because he’ll be close to home and get to play in front of his friends and family.”
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