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Elite QBs Dante Moore, CJ Carr taking visits to clear up future plans


Dante Moore is putting the final touches to his junior year at Detroit King while preparing for the future.

Moore, one of the top quarterbacks in the nation for the 2023 class, had a busy April. He took official visits to LSU and Oregon, giving him more information so he can decide where he plans to start his college career prior to his senior season this fall.

Moore took a picture with Joe Burrow while on his visit to LSU on April 22, then visited Oregon and its new head coach, Dan Lanning, the following week.

Burrow led LSU to the national championship in 2019 and helped the Cincinnati Bengals reach the Super Bowl this past February, a loss to Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams.

Notre Dame was always near the top of Moore’s list when Brian Kelly was head coach, a reason LSU is gaining ground, since Kelly has moved on and taken over the Tigers’ program in Baton Rouge.

Michigan is also among Moore’s top teams, a reason he has taken multiple unofficial visits to Ann Arbor in past years. The Wolverines offered Moore a scholarship in June 2018 before he started high school.

“Right now, he’s taking it all in,” King coach Tyrone Spencer said of Moore, who has received 40 offers, including one from defending national-champion Georgia and Ohio State.

“He’s in no rush. I think he wants to get it done before the season, but he’s not rushing to make a decision like next week or anything like that.”

Moore will have a chance to become the state’s all-time record holder in passing yards before he leaves King.

Moore threw for 3,050 yards and 40 touchdowns with just three interceptions last season to help King win the Detroit PSL title and Division 3 state championship.

Moore currently ranks 10th in career passing yards in state history with 7,470. He's just ahead of the legendary Mill Coleman, who made a name for himself at Farmington Hills Harrison in the late 1980s.

Jason Fracassa holds the state record with 10,615 yards while playing for Sterling Heights Stevenson from 2006-09. Moore would need 3,146 yards this fall to own the record.

Moore has also thrown 98 touchdown passes, 34 shy of the state career record held by Belleville's Christian Dhue-Reid (132; 2017-20).

“I think he’s growing up,” Spencer said of Moore. "He’ll be a senior and he’s a young man now. He’s not a boy no more, like when he was a freshman and we were in the state championship game and the lights were on and he was like, ‘Wow.’

"He’s been to two state championship games and won one. He’s seen some things now. He’s more experienced. He’s bigger; he’s like 210 pounds, so he’s grown to a man and that’s the biggest thing. He’s more mature and has just grown up.”

Football lineage

Fans will want to be watching high school football this fall in the metro area with Saline’s CJ Carr (2024) and Belleville’s Bryce Underwood (2025) also among the nation’s elite quarterbacks.

Carr, the grandson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, put himself on the radar with an outstanding sophomore season, throwing for 2,676 yards and 28 TDs with just four interceptions to help Saline to a 9-1 record.

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Carr is a five-star recruit and is ranked the No. 5 quarterback nationally for the 2024 class by the 247Sports composite. Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia and LSU highlight his offer list.

Carr recently took visits this spring to Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. He has 18 offers but has yet to narrow his field.

“I have not narrowed it yet,” Carr said. “We’re looking to camp at a few camps this summer and then narrow it from there. I have no idea what camps we’re going to yet.”

Carr went to multiple camps last summer, then got offers, including one from Notre Dame.

“The relationship with (Irish offensive coordinator) Tommy Rees has continued to grow throughout my recruitment with Notre Dame, so I’m just looking forward to continuing to grow that relationship and eventually make it back down to South Bend," Carr said when asked if Notre Dame was high on his list.

“His (Rees') coaching style is really appealing to me. I think he’s a really competitive guy and he wants to win. I really like how he’s coaching these quarterbacks and being inside of their quarterback room, I really got the vibe that he cares a lot. I’m just excited to continue to grow that relationship.”

Carr went to a Notre Dame practice this past spring.

When asked about Michigan, Carr said: “That relationship with Coach (Matt) Weiss (co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) has also grown. I went to a spring practice with them also, and I really like what he’s doing with the quarterbacks. Practice was great. I got the vibe that they’re moving in the right direction, even after a Big Ten championship.”

So, would playing at Michigan be too much pressure for Carr?

“No, I don’t think so,” Carr said. “I’m just looking for the best fit for me wherever that is, whether that’s Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, wherever. I’m just looking for the best fit for me.”

Carr liked what he witnessed at Georgia. Arch Manning, arguably the top quarterback of the 2023 class, is considering Georgia, along with Alabama, Texas, LSU and Mississippi.

If Manning decided on Georgia, would that push Carr in another direction?

“That was also a great visit,” Carr said. “Their facilities are second to none. I really like what Coach (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Todd) Monken is doing with the offense he’s running. They just have athletes all over the field. They are going to be set in every category — offense, defense and special teams.

“For me, (Manning) is not going to affect my decision at all. Again, I’m looking for the best school that fits me and I’m ready to come in and compete with everyone and anyone. There’s always going to be competition, especially with the portal now.”

Underwood led Belleville to the Division 1 state championship, joining quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (2014) and Arch Manning (2019) to MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year honors.

Underwood threw for 2,888 yards and 39 TDs with just four interceptions during his freshman year at Belleville. He threw for 284 yards and five TDs in the 55-33 state title game win over Rochester Adams.

Underwood already owns 18 offers, including Miami (Florida), Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Indiana. He also has offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame.

david.goricki@detroitnews.com