Syd Moore, a defensive tackle from Van, will be in town this weekend, Van head coach Jared Moffatt confirmed this morning.
I spoke with Moffatt about Moore, who is about to embark on a weekend trip that will determine where he will spend the next four years.
Moore will visit UNT on Thursday and Friday before spending the rest of the weekend at UTEP. He will decide where he will sign after returning to Van.
Moore was a pretty highly regarded recruit who received early offers from SMU and Louisiana-Monroe.
Both later pulled those scholarships.
No one questions Moore’s ability as a player. He was the MVP of District 16-3A, which is pretty impressive. It’s not often that defensive tackles are named the MVP of their district. The issues are his size and his academic standing.
Moore is 6-1, 260 and does not have a lot of extra room to fill out. Moffatt said that he probably can play at the college level at about 275 pounds while maintaining his speed and quickness that are his strengths. He won’t be a nose tackle and might roughly equate to Ryan Boutwell in terms of his size and potential abilities.
“He’s 6-1, so he’s a little bit shorter than what everyone wants and he’s 260 pounds and a little undersized coming out of high school,” Moffatt said. “None of the Big 12 schools offered. SMU offered, but then disappeared. ULM came through and offered, but then pulled it.”
Moore has also yet to meet NCAA qualifying standards. He needs to improve his grades, his test score or both slightly. He is going to retake the ACT after signing day.
“He needs to make a couple of grades this semester,” Moffatt said. “We think he has a really good chance to qualify. They also feel like he has a good chance, but there are no guarantees.
Moore will double sign with a junior college just in case he needs a backup plan.
Moore appears to be the backup plan for UNT in terms of defensive tackles. The Mean Green was in the hunt for Charles Walker, who visited UNT, but saw him commit to Oklahoma. Tanzel Smart later picked Tulane. Those two players appeared to be the defensive tackles UNT has the best shot at landing and missed on both. UNT had offers out to a few other defensive tackles, but missed on them as well: Nick Thurman picked Houston, while Matthew Romar also picked Oklahoma.
UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmons has been recruiting Moore all along, but UNT’s staff really picked up its efforts in the last week or so. Moffatt said Simmons began calling beyond the usual periodic check-in conversation last week.
The questions now will be if Moore picks UNT or UTEP, if he can qualify and then if he can put on the weight he is going to need to put on to play at the FBS level. Even if everything plays out in UNT’s favor, he looks like a player who might need a year or two to develop before being ready to play.
“Syd is a kid you can project a little bit,” Moffatt said. “He could get to 275. He’s really explosive and can chase the ball. He plays really hard. North Texas’ coaches think he can put on 15 pounds and still be the same player.”