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Countryside junior Tyler Moore has worn Nebraska apparel almost since the day he was born.
Soon, he'll have a new red-and-white outfit in his possession -- a Nebraska Cornhuskers football uniform.
On Friday night, Moore, a heralded 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle for Countryside, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he committed to Nebraska, his father, Brian, told the Times. That program has been No. 1 on his list since the day the Cornhuskers offered a scholarship and No. 1 in Moore's heart his entire life because of his strong ties to the school.
"He committed yesterday," Brian Moore said.
Brian Moore was a Nebraska tight end in the 1980s. Former NFL quarterback and Nebraska alum Vince Ferragamo is an uncle on the side of Tyler's mother (Kim Sorensen). Additionally, two of Moore's cousins played for the Cornhuskers.
Moore grew up watching Nebraska games with his father, and became even more enamored with the Huskers after attending football camp there this summer.
"I always loved the 'N' on the helmet," Moore said earlier this fall.
Moore chose Nebraska over Florida.
The Gators made a strong push after a slow start. Moore had never seriously considered the program until attending a camp at Florida a few months ago.
Schools such as Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia also offered scholarships.
Moore is considered an elite prospect. Scout.com, a Web site devoted to football recruiting, recently named him one of the nation's 100 best juniors.
And the praise doesn't end there.
According to longtime Countryside coach John Davis, Florida assistant Steve Addazio told him during the summer that Tyler could end up being the top offensive line prospect in the state - and possibly the nation - for the Class of 2011.
"Coach Addazio said that Tyler is probably the best 16-year-old offensive lineman he's ever seen," Davis said in August.
Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer (firstname.lastname@example.org)