Five-star quarterback Dante Moore has committed to the Oregon Ducks, he announced Friday on SportsCenter.
Moore, who ranks 8th overall in the 2023 ESPN 300, is the highest-ranking bet for new Ducks coach Dan Lanning and his staff. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback of Martin Luther King High School in Detroit is the No. 3 pocket passer in the country.
“Coach Lanning is going to be a great head coach because he knows what it takes to get to a national championship, of course in Georgia,” Moore told ESPN. “Coach [Kenny] Dillingham as offensive coordinator, I know I can rely on for years to come. The playmakers and the team they build around them will be great for me going forward.”
Despite reports that Notre Dame was the top school at one point during his recruiting, Moore continued to visit schools, including Texas A&M, LSU, and Miami, to make sure he made the best decision.
“Visiting all the schools with different facilities, meeting different coaching staff and great coaches…and talking to them is probably one of the best things to do during the whole process,” Moore told ESPN. “…There was no one I showed favoritism to throughout the process, I was open and just enjoyed it.”
Moore, who was on his last college visit to Oregon in late June, had already formed a relationship with Dillingham, who was the offensive coordinator in the state of Florida before joining Lanning in Oregon. Moore wanted to build a better relationship with the rest of the staff and was able to do so during his visit, as well as get a sense of the university itself.
“Going out and seeing the facilities, the best facilities in the country, I believe,” Moore said. “Everything has been updated and [Nike founder] Phil Knight has put so much money into college. Anything in college is going to help. People who go to Oregon get the best throughout their entire process because they have all the tools you need to improve yourself.”
Oregon is a school that many prospects look to for NIL deals and networking opportunities beyond the college experience, and Moore understands the potential to build his brand with the Ducks.
“This whole process, a lot of coaches and reporters know from me that when it comes to NIL, I’m just a kid trying to play football and just make myself better,” Moore said. “I know it’s Nike and Phil Knight. Of course there could be great opportunities for NIL and building my brand. I know it’s going to be a great process, but so far we haven’t talked much about that.”
The timing of Moore’s commitment comes after USC and UCLA announced they would both be leaving the Pac-12 to join the Big 10 in 2024. That leaves Oregon with questions about its future, but the uncertainty didn’t deter Moore.
“I called Coach Dillingham and asked if they were joining the Big 10, and he said they didn’t know yet,” Moore said. “Coach Lanning and all the coaches and everyone else didn’t have a lot of input on it, but if they join them or join the Big 12 or whatever, then I know we’re going to be in a big conference to continue to compete and be the best we can be.”
Moore has the talent and ability to jump right in in Oregon. Lanning and Dillingham added Auburn transfer Bo Nix for the next two seasons. Former ESPN 300 quarterback Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield are also on the roster.
Thompson and Butterfield don’t have much experience; Nix played for Dillingham in Auburn his first season.
“You can have multiple receivers on the field, multiple linemen,” Moore said. “But as a quarterback, there’s only one of you on the field. You have to trust your quarterback coach and offensive coordinator to believe they can help you get into the league or help you improve.
“They have multiple quarterbacks on the list, but I want to get in and compete, try to possibly get a runway or compete. You have to compete everywhere. Looking at the quarterback depth chart, that was a big part of this whole process. “
Moore was one of two ESPN 300 quarterbacks yet to make a commitment, leaving Dylan Lonergan (No. 62) the only uncommitted top-300 signal caller in class.