The Rutgers defensive line got better Sunday when Boston College graduate transfer Malachi Moore picked the Scarlet Knights as his 2016 home.
Moore graduates from Boston College in May and becomes immediately eligible for a final season at Rutgers starting in training camp. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound defensive end from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII move fast after Rutgers expressed interest in January.
“We went by the rules, got all of the clearances and everything, and he really wants to get a masters in art and theater studies,” said Pope John coach Brian Carlson. “[Rutgers assistant Shane Burnham] is in here and I told him about a kid I have transferring from Boston College. I showed him a picture of the two of us next to each other and Malachi is huge. Yeah, we’re interested.
“It was a simple thing. They took a look at him, they said they’d call me back right away and they did. They said, let’s bring him down for a visit this weekend and they were really excited.”
Moore transferred close to home as a senior to explore new academic opportunities and find a better personal fit in a program.
“He went to Boston College and he’s a good kid, great specimen, but he went with the old Boston College staff,” he said. “His sophomore year, he had a blood clot and they had to shut him down. Then he played a little bit in the rotation the last two years but he felt, it wasn’t a great fit. You’ve got one year left, maybe he needs a fresh start.”
Moore chose Boston College over Temple as a Class of 2012 prospect. He played 29 games during three healthy seasons with the Eagles with 22 tackles, seven TFLs and five sacks to his name.
“He’s a good kid,” Carlson said. “He’s a hard-working kid. He’s a good athlete, great size, he’s going to play hard for coach [Chris] Ash. He wants to make this year count.”