Redshirt freshman Byron Moore is no longer a member of the USC football team and has enrolled at L.A. Harbor College, his father confirmed to SCPlaybook on Wednesday.
“He wants a fresh start,” Byron Moore Sr. said of his son’s decision. “He’ll be alright.”
The 6-1, 205-pound defensive back was a key member of USC’s star-studded 2009 recruiting class that was ranked as the ninth best in the nation by Scout.com.
A local product, Moore led Narbonne High School in Harbor City (CA) to the 2008 L.A. City Championship by starring on both side of the ball.
During his senior season in high school, he recorded 83 tackles and 4 interceptions as a defensive back. He also added 61 receptions for 963 yards and 8 touchdowns as a wide receiver.
Moore redshirted as a freshman at USC in 2009 and showed promise during practices.
He was moved from cornerback to safety by the new coaching staff prior to spring practice, and would have competed for playing time in USC’s young but talented secondary this coming season.
Moore is currently enrolled at L.A. Harbor Junior College and plans to play football and work towards his AA degree before transferring to a four-year school.
The decision comes during a tough offseason for the Men of Troy, but his father insisted that the departure wasn’t impacted by the recent sanctions handed down by the NCAA.
Byron Moore makes an interception during practice.
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