Assistant sports editor Jared McMasters caught up with Walton-Verona High School's Spencer Moore, who won a state championship in wrestling in the 106-pound weight class in February, to discuss his recent commitment to the North Carolina wrestling program and more. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
The Daily Tar Heel: What was it about UNC that stood out from the crowd?
Spencer Moore: When I first started talking to the coaches a few months ago to talk about the atmosphere and everything at UNC, they said they were looking for people who could be the best — academically and athletically. The expectation in athletics is to win national championships and in academics, it's to have the best students in the country. That really stood out from every other place.
DTH: A few months seems like a short recruitment process, so what was that time like for you in relation to UNC?
SM: Yeah, my recruitment process was definitely a lot different than most. I reclassified and became a junior back in February, so I got started a little later than everyone else. I was supposed to visit UNC on an official visit in March, but then campus and everything got shut down because of COVID-19. It's been really different. I've just spent a lot of time talking on the phone with (UNC head) coach (Coleman) Scott. We've just been going back and forth about how we're wasting lots of time over this break and movie suggestions. Just building that family member connection.
DTH: What was it about Scott and the coaching staff that made you feel confident in your decision?
SM: It just felt like all the coaches really cared for me as a person. They wanted to make sure I was making the decision that was right for me. And whether that meant UNC or somewhere else, they wanted to provide for me all the information they had to make sure I was in the best position I could possibly be.