Breaking down the recruitment and game of new Utah RB Zack Moss

Taking a look at what running back Zack Moss brings to the Utes

By Andrew Gorringe

The Player

The Recruitment

When the Utes started recruiting Moss, he was committed to another program at the time, the Miami Hurricanes. Moss was a longtime Miami commit, but because of the ties he had to Ute commits Demari Simpkins and Tyler Huntley, as well as his overall talent level, the Utes kept pursuit of Moss despite said commitment. When Al Golden was fired by the University of Miami, Moss opened up his recruitment and said he was primarily focused on Utah and Kentucky at the time. It took some time, but as anticipated, Moss decided to commit to Utah and follow his teammates to Salt Lake City, despite having never visited. Moss seemed solid in his commitment, but towards the end of his recruitment Tennessee made a late push for Moss, and he visited Knoxville the week before signing day. It was too little too late though, as Moss decided to stick with his commitment and signed with the Utes.

 

Analysis

Utah was searching this recruiting cycle for at least two running backs, one being a smaller, faster running back, and the other being a better “all-around” running back, and Moss would be classified as the later. At 5’10-200lbs, Moss is built to handle the rigors of being an every down running back, but also has the necessary skills to be one. Moss’ best attribute is his toughness and ability to pick up yards after contact, as he’s very tough to bring down on the first hit. While his speed is not elite, it is good enough to turn small gaps of daylight in to big chunks of yards.

 

The Future

For a long time, Utah has relied upon junior college running backs to become the feature back in their offense, but Moss has a great chance at bucking that trend. With Devontae Booker off to the NFL, Moss has a great shot at earning early playing time as a true freshman, along side Joe Williams and Troy McCormick, and if that happens, his shot at starting as a sophomore will be very good. There’s a good reason why so many programs in the south wanted to try and keep Moss close to home, but the Utes did an exceptional job at keeping him in the fold, and they found the future at running back in the process.

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