Virginia football was not included as one of Patriot (Nokesville, VA) class of 2019 offensive lineman Jakai Moore’s top seven schools when he released the list this past June. Instead, Moore named Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech in his top group.
Undeterred, the Cavalier coaches – especially offensive line coach Garett Tujague – have maintained their pursuit of the 6’6”, 305-pound senior, who would take in a game in Charlottesville this season and is now is set to take an official visit to UVA this weekend.
Moore may still head outside the Commonwealth for his college career. In fact, leaving the state may be the more likely scenario at this point, but the in-state Hoos have a chance.
“He made an official visit to South Carolina in the spring,” retired Patriot head coach Brud Bicknell said, updating Moore’s recruitment to TheSabre.com. “He has taken unofficial visits to everybody up-and-down the East Coast, including UVA. He has been on UVA’s campus several times. To UVA’s credit, especially Coach Tujague, Jakai is scheduled to go down to Virginia officially this weekend. Coach Tujague never took ‘no’ for an answer. Coach Tujague has come to practice and has stayed on Jakai a long time. I think they have a great relationship. You never know.”
Official visits to Penn State (December 7) and Clemson (December 14) are also on Moore’s December schedule. Following those trips, Bicknell says the standout lineman expects to make a decision and then sign a letter of intent with his future school sometime during the December 19-21 Early Signing Period.
Prior to these final three visits, is there a leader with the talented senior?
“I think the leader is whoever he has been to last,” Bicknell said.
“He’s not a kid who has had a dream school,” Bicknell continued. “There is nothing academically that is going to sway him in one direction. Jakai would be fine when he graduates from any of those schools....
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