Braedyn Moore, 2023 4-star prospect according to 247 Sports, announced his commitment to Cincinnati on April 20 via Twitter. After considering scholarship offers from several ACC and Big Ten schools, Moore chose to stay in-state and will look to become a defensive standout with the Bearcats in the coming years.
“I was willing to go to college anywhere in the world but my home just happened to be 45 minutes away from my house. Cincinnati showed way more love and way more enthusiasm than anyone else,” Moore told me in a recent interview. “They had the most marketable position that was offered to me as well.”
The 6’2 safety lines up at defensive back and wide receiver in high school but projects as a boundary safety at the next level. Moore explained that he will likely play back deep, as well as in the box and slot at times. The Bearcats’ safeties coach Colin Hitschler has been the lead recruiter communicating with Moore.
“Defensive backs have to be able to do it all. Shed blocks, cover man to man, and come down to make a tackle. That’s why it’s important to be versatile as a defensive back,” Moore explained. “Being a wide receiver helps my hand and ball skills on the DB side of things. I play physical and fast on both sides.”
After an impressive junior season at Stephen T Badin High School, Moore became the 8th highest ranked recruit in Ohio per 247 Sports. He totaled seven interceptions for 128 yards while leading the Rams to a 14-1 record a year ago. As a receiver, Moore racked up 61 catches for 655 yards and four touchdowns.
He also returned punts and ran track in high school.
Cincinnati extended an offer to the junior defensive back in early February and he got a chance to visit spring practice on April 6. Moore revealed his top eight schools including Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and West Virginia before committing to the Bearcats just over a week ago.
“What went into my decision was just where I can see myself fit best and where I could make the biggest impact on the field,” Moore told me after making his commitment. “All my visits to Cincinnati were great. I love how players move around and talk. I can’t wait to get back.”