One of the biggest flips of the 2023 signing class happened right here in the Pac-12. When 5-star Detroit (Mich.) King quarterback Dante Moore announced he was committing to and signing with UCLA — ending a months-long commitment to Oregon — ahead of the Early Signing Period, it made waves throughout college football.

Moore is one of the very best from the Class of 2023. He’s the third-ranked quarterback in the class, and taking things in this week at the All-American Bowl. In the lead-up to the game, Moore spoke with 247Sports’ director of recruiting, Steve Wiltfong, about what influenced his decision to pick the Bruins over the Ducks.

The presence of Chip Kelly in Westwood and the absence of Kenny Dillingham in Eugene both loomed large over the decision. Moore shared this with Wiltfong:

“The coach that stood out was Kenny Dillingham,” Moore said. “Our bond was tremendous. I’m proud he had a chance to go to Arizona State.

“Oregon, I have love for that staff, there is no love loss at all, that staff kept everything open with me. When the OC leaves, especially the quarterbacks coach, that was a big piece for me. I’m thankful for UCLA having open arms and taking my commitment and me understanding recruiting is a business and I have to do what’s best for me.

“I wrote everything on a whiteboard. Everything about UCLA and of course Oregon and scratched off things that weren’t going to be a big thing for me. I kept having thoughts and envisioned myself at UCLA. It was best for my quarterback development and to be with a strong head coach in Chip Kelly was the deciding thing for me.”

Shortly after news broke that Dillingham was leaving his position as Oregon’s offensive coordinator to take the head coach job at Arizona State, Wiltfong reported that Moore wasn’t wavering in his commitment to the Ducks.

And just before Moore went public with his decision, UCLA earned a transfer commitment from former Kent State starter Collin Schlee.

That move proved to have little impact on Moore’s decision. A visit to Westwood seemed to change things, with Moore telling Wiltfong he appreciated how often UCLA hosts NFL players to train at its facilities.

To land both quarterbacks this cycle gives the Bruins some assurances heading into 2023.

It’ll be Kelly’s first as the program’s head coach without Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the roster. The Bruins were clearly looking to make a splash move, and Moore certainly fits the bill.

As a senior, Moore threw for 2,392 yards and 32 touchdowns against just three interceptions. He added another 235 yards rushing and five scores. He finished his high school career with a 40-11 record across four seasons, during which he completed 70% of his passes, threw for 135 touchdowns, and led King to three state title games.