Position: Defensive Lineman
Location:Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Weight: 235 pounds
Recruiting: Moore wasted very little time committing to UCLA upon being offered a scholarship. Angus McClure and Kennedy Polamalu visited him at Crespi and offered last Wednesday and he committed Thursday morning. Moore said UCLA was the offer he had been waiting on so there was no point in going through the process when he had his dream offer already. Miami and Washington State had also offered and you can bet his offer list would have easily hit double digits once more colleges had a chance to come by and see him in person.
What to Like: Moore is a relentless player with a non-stop motor. He’s very tough and physical and plays much bigger than his size. He was moved all over the line at Crespi last year and even played some linebacker, but he played on the inside a majority of the time, taking on opposing centers/guards that outweighed him by a good 40-50 pounds. Moore was either too quick for the bigger linemen or too strong for the smaller guards or tackles he went up against. He’s already advanced technique-wise and uses his hands very well. He has a great first step and can oftentimes beat his man right off the snap. He closes well on ball carriers and his work rate on the field is second to none. He’s a good all-around athlete and will get the chance to play a lot of tight end this coming season. In fact, the Crespi coaches are already raving about his ability on that side of the ball. Saying that, his future is definitely on defense and he should have a very nice career.
Areas to improve: At 6-3 and a compact 235 pounds, Moore has a bit of a tweener frame between a tackle and an end so it will be interesting to see exactly how he’s used. If he plays inside, he’ll obviously need to put on a good amount of weight and if he plays on the edge, he’ll need to improve his overall speed and burst. He’ll be a strong run defender no matter where he ends up because of how strong and physical he is but will need to improve his quickness and develop a few more moves to be an effective pass rusher if he plays exclusively as a rush end.
Overall Analysis: It may not have drawn a lot of national buzz but landing Moore was a very nice pickup for UCLA. For starters, it’s a big area of need and you can never have too many good linemen on either side of the ball. In Moore, UCLA is getting a player with a tremendous motor on the field and a great work ethic off of it. Those types of players make everyone around them better. Depending on how much weight he can put on, we envision Moore being a very versatile player for the team. You can move him around different spots on the line to take advantage of mismatches. He’s a naturally aggressive kid who plays with an edge, one of those guys you love on your team but hate to play against.