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A sleeper? A steal? WSU may have both in OL verbal George Moore

HE IS THE only member of Washington State’s recruiting class who doesn’t have three or four stars next to his name. But George Moore, a 6-6, 315-pound offensive lineman out of College of San Mateo who verballed to WSU this weekend, is a very big get for the Cougs, one of his junior college coaches says.

Moore hasn’t yet been rated by Scout.com because he barely played last year as a true freshman before injuring his ACL.  A number of four-year schools were also waiting to offer until after they saw him play in games this season.  But they all commented on his length and athleticism this spring.

“There are a ton of schools that watched him this spring who are very, very interested,” said Tim Tulloch, CSM’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. “But Washington State got a chance to see him early and get in the driver’s seat, and they got him to commit now and jump on.“

Tulloch, at CSM since 1997, is one of the more respected JUCO coaches nationally and CSM players over the years have transitioned very well to 4-year programs.

“The starting right tackle on this past year’s Alabama national championship team is one of our kids, Dominick Jackson,” said Tulloch.  “Hoko Fanaika went to LSU, Jeremy Galten went to USC, Haniteli Lousi to Oregon – we have a tradition of putting linemen all across the country at top, top schools. 

“When Coach Mastro saw George, he saw right away he was a kid who was injured last year but the way he moved already this spring coming off the injury, he said this is going to a be a guy, this is going to be an impact guy. Mastro did a tremendous job evaluating him this spring. He just has an eye for talent, an eye for seeing the potential.”

Moore projects as CSM’s left tackle this season and although he’ll still be a freshman after a medical redshirt year, he’s assumed a leadership position at CSM, Tulloch says.

“He’s 6-foot-6, 315 pounds and built like a senior in college already -- he looks like a guy getting ready to go into the draft. But eligibility-wise, he’s basically a high school senior.  Anytime you see a kid with that much athleticism, talent and upside… And he’s a phenomenal kid character-wise. He’s a joy to coach and really he’s an inspiration to all of us coaches and the players within the program.”

Moore will graduate with his AA in December and come to WSU as a midyear transfer in January with 3-to-play-3. In so doing, he’ll get the added benefit of going through the Cougs’ spring ball and join the program long before the Cougs’ 2017 fall camp.

Moore has also become a star in the classroom.  Get this: Moore didn’t qualify out of high school but under the CSM academic program, he’s made the dean’s list three straight semesters and holds a 3.5 GPA. Moore, Tulloch says, has “completely embraced the opportunity and the academic support and resources” at CSM.

“He’s just putting it all together,” said Tulloch.  “He’s a ‘total package guy.’”

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