Oklahoma State gained its second commitment from an offensive lineman in the 2017 class this past weekend when Dan Moore Jr. out of Beaumont (West Brook), Texas gave his pledge to offensive line coach Greg Adkins and head coach Mike Gundy.
Moore is a big man as some recruiting sites, including Scout, list him as high as 330 pounds. He actually measured at 6-5, 300 pounds at the Mary Hardin-Baylor satellite camp in Houston. He was there to impress Oklahoma State and wound up impressing some others as well.
It was the Oklahoma State offer that triggered an acceleration in Moore's recruitment. He knew that there was a clock ticking on his opportunity with Oklahoma State and Moore explained he was clock watching.
"I had been talking to the offensive line coach for some time and they were already kind of at the top of my list," Moore said. "After I attended the satellite camp, a few days later I was offered and he told me he really wanted me to be at Oklahoma State, but they only had two spots.
"They got a commitment (last week from Derek Kerstetter of San Antonio Reagan) and I was watching and I thought it's time to go up there. So this past weekend when I went up there I liked everything and the coaches showed me a lot of love. The town is not much of a change from Beaumont and the campus, everything is right there and close by and I like that. I liked everything and so I went ahead and committed."
Moore, on tape, shows up as a "mauler" of an offensive linemen. He looks like a classic guard candidate at the next level. When he gets locked up with an opposing defensive lineman the video looks like that scene from "The Blind Side" where Michael Oher's character drives the opposing player out of the back of the end zone and over the fence. He has a lot of those type of plays on tape.
"I feel like my contact is really good," Moore described. "I explode off the ball and try to get the first blow. If you watch my film I try to give as much effort as I can. I will block the defensive player all the way to the ground. I'm a finisher and that is what I like to do. I think I need to improve on my pad level. I'm 6-5 and so I always have to work on that. I need to work on my feet some. I am a better run blocker right now that pass protection. I'm working on it."
Moore will tell you, in fact he did above, that he benefited from the satellite camp concept and he thinks it is a great concept for players and coaches. He also said he had never seen as many players in one place at one time for a camp than he did in Houston with 642 campers in attendance.
"No, I had never seen that many players at one time," Moore said. "There had to be 600 or 700 players and I had never been to a camp anywhere close to that big before. I got offers after that from Missouri, Colorado State, Mississippi State, and then later on Oklahoma State too. I think those camps are great for players to get noticed, even come away with a few offers, or if you aren't on the radar in recruiting then you can get on the radar and get recruited."
One more thing about Moore, he is serious about academics, even said that student comes before athlete and his plan is to major in architectural engineering.