Kansas continued its domination of in-state football recruiting by securing a verbal commitment from two-time all-state end Jim Moore of Garden City on Thursday.
Moore is the eighth Sunflower State prep to announce plans to sign with the Jayhawks next Wednesday, the first day national letters of intent can be tendered.
Kansas State has received two commitments from consensus all-stater Curtis Turner of Scott City and Nile Wiren, a defensive back from Wichita Northwest.
Moore, a 6-3, 225-pounder who plans to major in pre-med, gives Kansas a Parade All-American for the second year in a row. Last year KU landed Mark Allison, a lineman from Minneapolis who made the prestigious Parade team. Allison was red-shirted during the 1991 season.
Moore had narrowed his choices to USC, Kansas and Wisconsin. He eliminated USC after visiting the KU campus on Monday and Tuesday. Then he cast his lot with the Jayhawks on Thursday.
"Really, I just felt that it was the best place for me," Moore said. "The coaches were incredible. I was really impressed with coach (Glen) Mason and his staff."
A straight-A student, Moore was ranked the No. 3 tight end prospect in the U.S. by SuperPrep Magazine. He also considered Stanford and Notre Dame, but did not visit those schools.
"I felt like I was going to get a good education wherever I went," Moore said, "but the University of Kansas was really impressive."
Moore is the third consensus all-stater to announce for Kansas. The other two are Chad Hayes, a 6-4, 250-pound lineman from Atwood, and Brian Schottenheimer, a 6-2, 175-pound quarterback from Blue Valley.
Moore's announcement, it is believed, caps KU's recruitment of in-state players. The Jayhawks are limited to between 15 and 18 grants this year by the NCAA's 95-scholarship rule, although it's possible they'll award a few more.