Jamar Moore had interest from a handful of high-major programs but saw an opportunity at a southern school and jumped at the chance of playing early and making a big impact. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Thomasville (Ga.) High School is now off the board.
Moore verbally committed to South Alabama on Tuesday. He was also recruited by Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State.
"First of all, it's a D1 school that's not too big and not too small and it's close to home," Moore said. "They don't have a football team so everyone focuses on the basketball team. That's pretty cool."
John Pelphrey and his staff have put in the work to land the South Georgia product. Moore said the Sun Belt school has actively recruited him for the last seven months.
Moore shined on the AAU circuit with the Georgia Stars program and played a large role in a half a season with his high school team, advancing deep into the state playoffs. Moore said he hopes to make that kind of instant impact with USA.
"Coach said he has a big role for me and he sees me making all-conference as a freshman and averaging double figures," Moore said. "Plus, I didn't want to go anywhere that I'd sit on the bench and wait a year. I wanted to play."