CoachSpeak: Scouting Skai Moore

Rutgers received a huge verbal commitment last night when three-star outside linebacker Skai Moore made his decision after an in-home visit from assistant coach Dave Cohen. University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) head coach Roger Harriott now has two players headed to Rutgers and he offered his scouting report on the newest member of the recruiting class.

An impact defender on a state-championship program, outside linebacker Skai Moore is ready for Big Ten football right now, said University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) head coach Roger Harriott.

Harriott runs his team, in many ways, like a college program and he fully expects Moore to have no problem making the jump to Rutgers.

"Being perfectly honest, Skai is ready right now," said Harriott, who has 14 prospects going to Division I programs since 2011. "He just needs to continue to work hard and focus on the philosophical aspect that comes with the position. Once he learns that and continues to hold himself accountable as a role model, his physical talents will speak for themselves."

Moore averaged 8.9 tackles per game this season, and his physical tools at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds give Rutgers a tremendous athlete at linebacker. Looking to replace captains Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais after this season, Harriott expects Moore to do well early for the Scarlet Knights.

"They're getting an unbelievable athlete and an extraordinary talent," he said. "He has an extremely high football IQ. He's physically gifted. He's a great person and he's motivated to win. He's always going to do the right thing from a character standpoint. They're getting an exceptional individual."

Moving to the Big Ten was an exciting move for Moore, but was not the deciding factor in his recruitment. Credit goes to the family atmosphere and relationships with the staff, Harriott said. And if it were up to him, the decision would have been made a while ago because Rutgers was the most similar program to home.

"Coach Cohen is a great person," Harriott said. "He has exceptional interpersonal skills. He did a great job building that relationship with Skai and verbalizing the vision at that program. At University School, we try to hold our kids accountable to focus on doing the right thing. He found that same type of concept and philosophy at Rutgers. He just wanted to know he had the right decision. That's why it took so long.

"We're very family oriented. We have a very therapeutic approach to the way we approach and instruct our kids. I think coach Flood and coach Cohen exemplified those same characteristics with the Rutgers program."

Moore joins three-star defensive end Nick Internicola in the Rutgers class of 2013. Both will officially visit the program Jan. 18 before signing.

"I think they're great," Harriott said. "They're very genuine people. It was what was best for both kids. I know that our guys are in good hands with Rutgers. I know Skai and Nick will do well there. … I'm excited for both of them and I think it's a great testament to what we do at University School."

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