Syracuse football has added to their 2016 recruiting class. The Orange were always up front about their desire to continue to look for talent for the upcoming season despite National Signing Day concluding over three weeks ago. They found a player they believe will add talent that can contribute right away in junior college cornerback transfer Michael Moore.
The JUCO product spent Thursday through Saturday on the Syracuse campus for a visit, per sources. He verbally committed before heading home and sent in his paperwork on Monday. It become official on Tuesday.
Moore is a cornerback prospect out of Palomar College in California. He played only one year at Palomar, leaving him with three years of eligiblity remaining. Moore is listed at 6-foot-3, 180-pounds and has a documented 11.04 100-meter time according to a source. That translates roughly to a 4.5 40-time.
During his one season at Palomar, Moore led the team in interceptions with three and pass breakups with 10. Scout recruiting analyst John Garcia Jr., a former defensive back himself, sees a great fit within Syracuse's Tampa 2 defensive scheme.
"Moore screams zone defender on tape but he has the foundation of traits to play in multiple spots in a defensive backfield," Garcia Jr. said. "His length, a reported 6-foot-3, stands out on tape and allows him to make up for a lack of elite speed when the football is in the air. Paired with elite ball skills, Moore has a knack for making a play on the football either at the high point or through a physical nature at the point of contact.
"A willing tackler, as he also can contribute against the run, plus his physical nature and size enables him to be able to line up against big wide receivers in today's game. Versatility is always key in today's defensive backs, particularly against spread looks, and Moore fits the bill. He can be a nickel safety, zone corner or even a potential slot cornerback in a man scheme if he can improve at the line of scrimmage.
"The best news in looking at available tape is his size, which cannot be taught, and the fact that he can tangibly improve his mass and explosion to make up for noticeable flaws."
Moore took visits to Utah State and Louisiana-Monroe as well. Why wasn't he more heavily recruited, however? Most thought he needed a second year at Palomar in order to become academically eligible. That turned out not to be the case, and Syracuse was able to snag him.