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Even a Colgan double team can't slow down Patriot lineman Jakai Moore on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.

Jakai Moore has narrowed his college choices down to South Carolina and Penn State and plans to announce his decision Dec. 17th during a ceremony at Patriot High School at 3 p.m.

Then he will sign Dec. 19th, the first day of the early signing period for high school football senior football players. 

Penn State and South Carolina continue to make their push for the Patriot senior offensive lineman, while other schools not in the hunt have moved on.

Moore, the highest uncommitted player left on 247Sports' list of the top senior players in Virginia, took an official visit to Penn State last weekend. He left for State College late Friday night after scoring eight points and helping Patriot’s boys basketball team improve to 5-0 with a 70-37 win over Forest Park.

Moore was scheduled to take an official visit to Clemson this coming weekend, but has since cancelled it. His official visit to South Carolina was April 28.

With one home visit allowed per NCAA rules for a head coach, Penn State’s James Franklin is coming in Thursday. South Carolina’s Will Muschamp will come Friday to watch Moore at Patriot’s home game against Hylton.

“That’s all part of the strategy,” said Bicknell, Moore's coach at Patriot. “[Muschamp] wants to be the last one to talk to Moore” before Moore makes his decision.

Bicknell has no idea who Moore favors.

“I’m a sounding board for him,” Bicknell said.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Moore is the most highly recruited player in Patriot’s history since the school opened in 2011.

Moore spent his first two years at Manassas Park High School before transferring to Patriot for his junior year.

He is rated the No. 14 senior in Virginia by 247Sports. Every college recruited him as a left tackle.

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David Fawcett is the sports editor for InsideNoVa.com. Reach him at dfawcett@insidenova.com

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