Moore went for his official visit to Penn the weekend of Jan. 14, and after making the two trips he felt it was time to make a final decision.
“I had wanted to do it a bit quicker, but my Dad helped me through the whole process,” said Moore, who is now getting ready for the Prep’s ucoming baseball season where he plays center field. “He helped me see all the cards on the table.
“Penn was actually the first school to offer me. They came in very early last summer, and there was a question of loyalty there. I knew they really wanted me and saw something in me before my senior season. I love the culture at Penn, too; it’s a pretty sweet school right in the heart of Philly, and I like the idea of being in a city. The football program has been pretty successful over the years, which is nice.”
The Quakers bested Cornell, 35-28, to win the Ivy League title outright last fall, marking their third championship in the last four years and ninth for veteran coach Al Bagnoli.
Football, however, was not the only element in Moore’s decision. He was accepted into the Wharton School of Business, which has earned a reputation as one of the very best in the country.
“Alex had his pick of every Ivy school on his list along with several others,” said Prep football coach/athletic director Jim O’Leary. “Colgate, Holy Cross and Penn State came in to talk to him as well as Penn, Dartmouth and Brown. He could play at a higher level, but it’s awfully hard to turn down the Wharton School of Business. Once that likely acceptance letter came, I think his mind was made up.”
Owner of a 4.0 grade point average who scored 1860 on his SATs, Moore is getting a very good financial aid package from Penn; he could also be eligible to receive academic help based on how well he does in his classes.