The Huskers have gone back into Colorado for a recruit.
Inside linebacker Hayden Moore announced his commitment to the program on Tuesday. He made his decision public on Twitter.
— Hayden Moore (@HMOORE3405) June 21, 2022
Moore (6-3, 210) was part of the June 17 official visit weekend. The Huskers moved quickly to get him on campus for his official visit as he saw his recruitment take off in recent weeks. Moore was impressed by what he saw with during that trip.
“Overall, I had a great time meeting all the players and kind of getting their perspective on everything,” Moore said. “I was really getting to know the coaches better? It was a great experience for sure.”
Moore has been a standout defender for his high school in his career. He racked up 111 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior. Football isn’t his only sport. He also stars on the baseball diamond and did speak with coach Scott Frost about giving both a shot in college.
“In baseball, I’m a pitcher,” Moore said. “For me, I’m football first so if baseball doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s definitely something I want at least like to try. Maybe just freshman year, just try it out and see if it’s something that I want to continue doing. If not, you know, it’s not the world.”.
Moore was hosted by Nebraska safety/nickel Gage Stenger over the weekend. The two got along well and all the players the defender met were very welcoming. He liked that the players treated him like he was already on the team and not just as a recruit. Moore was also able to sit down in the film room with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud. The pair continued growing their relationship.
“I think our relationship is pretty good,” Moore said. “I don’t really know as much as I’d like but I think it’s just early in the process and everything. We basically just went over defensive plays and how I fit in linebacker wise and where he sees me. He went over my strength and weaknesses”
The Colorado native picked the Huskers over Iowa State who he visited on June 10 for an official visit. He was up to 20 scholarship offers with Iowa and Michigan joining the race right before the trip to Nebraska. During that trip to Lincoln he got a feeling that stood out to him.
“The way that the players interact with each other stood out,” Moore said. “I just thought especially the defensive culture, it’s really something I haven’t seen anywhere else. They have their own identity which is pretty cool. That’s really the biggest thing stood out for me.”
Moore is the ninth commitment of the 2023 recruiting class for the Huskers. He joins defensive lineman Riley Van Poppel and defensive back Dwight Bootle on the defensive side of the ball. The Huskers are now 25th in the 247 Composite for the 2023 cycle.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.