Mike's Take: Miami DT commit

Miami just landed a commitment from one of the state's top defensive tackle prospects so lets take a closer look.

What to Like: Tampa Hillsborough standout Earl Moore put his name on the recruiting map as a junior last season. He's a very powerful player who does a great job of bull-rushing the opponent deep into the offensive backfield. Playing the nose in a 3-4 at HHS, Moore demands a double team on nearly every play because of it. Rarely do you see Moore getting blocked 1on1 at the prep level -- at least not effectively. He's very aggressive and comes off the ball hard. When he makes contact, there's a minor explosion. He also has a good motor that is always running and that's not too common for big defensive tackle prospects at the high school level. He has a lot of the tools you look for in a major college DT prospect.

What may concern you: The first thing that jumps out is the lack of ideal height. At 6-foot-1, he's a solid nose guard at the prep level but his height could limit his upside at the next level. He has a tendency to come off the ball too high at times and when that happens, he can be pushed around a bit, especially on the double teams. He also needs to develop some pass rushing moves, as he always relies on bull rushing the opponent.

Bottom Line: Good defensive tackle prospects are hard to find at the prep level and Miami really needs a few in the 2012 class. Recruited like a low four-star prospect, Moore is a good start for them. He actually grew up a Florida State fan but it appears he never had the opportunity to jump in their class. Florida, South Carolina, and Rutgers are a few other BCS programs who had offered him. He brings a lot of things to the table as a prospect and they're very hard to find at that position so it should be considered a very quality addition to Miami's 2012 class.


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