It appears as if Van defensive tackle Sydrick (Syd) Moore is headed to UNT.
Van head coach Jared Moffatt said that UNT’s coaches told Moore after his visit last week that he would receive at least a grayshirt offer. Whether or not he would receive an offer to be a part of UNT’s 2013 recruiting class would depend on the decisions a couple of prospects made after they visited Big 12 schools.
Moffatt did not know which prospects UNT’s coaches were referring to, but the safe bet is that they were talking about Louisiana WR/DB Jermaine Antoine and Sherman LB Kahlee Woods.
Antoine backed out of his commitment to UNT and said he will sign with TCU. Woods committed to Texas Tech.
Moffatt had not heard from UNT when I talked to him yet this morning, but he expects to receive a call later today.
“It looks like he is going to sign with North Texas, at least a grayshirt offer,” Moffatt said “They are waiting on some guys. Over the weekend, all they could offer was a grayshirt.”
Moore already has his grayshirt offer in hand. If that is the direction he goes, he would sign a non-binding agreement with UNT, sit out the upcoming season and then enroll at UNT in January. UNT went the same route with a couple of players last year.
The issue with Moore is that he has not qualified academically yet. Moffatt expects that he will qualify, but Moore will sign with Blinn just in case he needs to go to junior college.
If UNT has a spot for him, Moore will double sign, inking letters with both UNT and Blinn, just to make sure that he is covered either way.
Moore was a pretty highly regarded prospect early in the process, but some schools backed off when they got a look at his academic record. Moore is also a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 260 pounds.
Moore could fill out to 275 on the college level and not lose the speed and quickness that make him effective.
I should hear back from Moffatt later today.