Although he grew up in Southern California Trojans country, with a dad who played at USC and a brother who is currently at USC, Clyde Moore has had no problem embracing his future as a Colorado Buffalo.
An inside linebacker from Corona del Mar (Calif.) High School, Moore was one of 20 players to sign letters of intent with the Buffs last week, as part of the 2018 recruiting class.
"It's definitely on the rise," Moore said of the CU program. "The 2017 class is very good and the 2018 class is getting better and better. It just keeps growing and we're definitely on the right direction, so that's awesome to see."
The 6-foot, 225-pound Moore was born and raised in Newport Beach, Calif. His father, Rex, lettered four years at USC (1984-87) as a linebacker and his brother, Grant, is currently a linebacker for the Trojans. Grant walked on to USC but earned a scholarship this year.
Despite that, Moore found comfort in Boulder and with the Buffs.
"It's a beautiful town and it's a college town, so that was a big part of it, and also the coaching staff," he said. "(Head coach Mike) MacIntyre and (linebackers coach Ross) Els are both great coaches and also great people, so that had a huge impact. It's got great tradition, as well, so that was a big part."
Moore is particularly eager to work with Els, he said.
"Coach Els does a really good job of developing inside linebackers; he has a history of it," Moore said.
Rated a three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, Moore played just three games as a senior because of injury, but had 23 tackles in those three games. He piled up 67 tackles, 11 for loss, 3.5 sacks and three pass breakups as a junior, after transferring from Mater Dei High School.
Now, he's looking to make an impact with the Buffs, whether that's sooner or later.
CU returns both of its starters at inside linebacker - seniors Rick Gamboa and Drew Lewis - as well as sophomore Nate Landman, who shined when given a chance to play late in the year.
The inside linebackers group also includes redshirt sophomore Akil Jones and redshirt freshman Jonathan Van Diest, who is recovering from a torn ACL.
Moore, who said he wants to improve his speed, may wind up redshirting in 2018, but he said he's ready for whatever role he's given.
"I'll do whatever coaches ask," he said. "I'm going to prepare as best as I can and I'll do whatever they ask me to do."