A few weeks ago, the Syracuse University football recruiting landscape grew a bit when the Orange coaching staff extended an offer to 2016 quarterback David Moore, a 3-star prospect who grew up in Dallas but who will be calling Alpharetta, Georgia home for his senior season. Let’s take a closer look at the young man who currently sits atop the Syracuse quarterback board.

Prospect Info:
#4 QB David Moore –Milton High School – Alpharetta, GA
6-foot-2, 175 lbs
4.55 40 yard dash
4.33 Shuttle
33″ Vertical

Currently committed to: Southern Methodist University
Offers from – Syracuse, Houston, Illinois, Oregon State, Temple, Wake Forest, & other FBS schools (19 total offers)

Interest from – Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, UNC, Ohio State, Purdue, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Tale of the Tape

The biggest surprise in the Syracuse football 2016 recruiting cycle happened last week, when the staff’s top QB recruit Anthony Brown committed to Boston College – after many considered him to be a strong Syracuse lean. Brown had made numerous trips to the Hill, had a tight relationship with the czar of New Jersey, Bobby Acosta, and has tight relationships with many other Syracuse recruits/commits hailing from the Garden State. Word has it that the commitment to Boston College took many Syracuse coaches by surprise – but they do not have time to wallow in disappointment. Focus now shifts to current SMU commit David Moore, who was the priority 1B on Offensive Coordinator Tim Lester’s recruiting board. Moore’s father played lacrosse at Syracuse, and it has been published that Syracuse is the only school that could get him to flip his commitment, because of his father’s history at Syracuse. Moore could be a great addition to the Syracuse roster as he is a true dual threat quarterback. He can make plays with his feet and his arm, which seems to be the style of quarterback the staff has been recruiting. Moore still has to grow into his frame, but there are definitely lots of things to be excited about, which I outlined below after watching his tape.

Let’s take a look at some of David Moore’s tape!

0:38 mark – Many high school quarterbacks do not deal well when pressured. When sensing/seeing the slightest bit of pressure – it can cause a QB to tuck the ball and run (especially with dual threat quarterbacks). On this play we see the defense bringing pressure and a linebacker coming off the edge essentially untouched. Instead of tucking and trying to make something happen with his legs, Moore takes a quick step up in the pocket and delivers a great ball to his receiver who has a 1-on-1 matchup. This is great indication that he can read plays and quickly diagnose where to go with the ball. As reading defenses and progressions are a big part of the jump coming from high school to college, Moore shows advanced skill in this department.

1:42 mark – Dual threat QBs need to know how to run the read-option. Quarterbacks that are recruited by the Orange especially need to know how to run the read option – as it’s been a staple in the playbook for numerous seasons. In this clip, Moore sees the DE and LB take a step towards the ball carrier, and that is enough for him to know he’s keeping the ball. If you watch the video closely, you see Moore hesitate slightly before racing to the edge. Why is this important? He was waiting to see where his pulling offensive linemen was going to deliver to set up the block. The pulling OT got just enough of his hands inside the linebacker to allow Moore some daylight. This allowed him to accelerate towards the sideline, and deliver some good open field running. He delivered two stiff arms to elude the defenders and get to the pylons. In watching the video – Moore looks to have great control of the read option. It’s definitely a huge part of what makes Moore a great prospect.

There’s also one other skill that Moore shows off throughout his recruiting tape – and that is his ability to throw on the run. It’s important for dual threat quarterbacks to be able to throw on the run – and Moore looks to have exceptional accuracy throwing on the right, especially to the right side. A lot of plays showcased Moore rolling out to the right side, and there were some great takeaways throughout the whole video. He does a great job scanning the field and looking to receivers breaking off their routes. The old rule of thumb for receivers reacting to a QB breaking out of the pocket is to head up field or cross horizontally towards the direction the QB is running. Moore does a great job of looking towards the middle of the field, and finding a receiver who is coming across. The other thing Moore does very well is distributing his weight when throwing on the run. Many young quarterbacks tend to throw off their back foot when running and trying to make a play. Moore does a nice job of keeping his weight forward and landing on his left foot when delivering the ball. This helps his accuracy – which I think is a great strength of his.

If Moore were to commit to the Orange, it would definitely give Tim Lester a quarterback who has a tremendous amount of upside. If David Moore is considered a consolation price to Anthony Brown committing elsewhere, Syracuse will be in a very good spot. Will David Moore flip from SMU? Stay tuned – as this summer and the possibility of a Moore visit will tell a lot! If Moore does indeed come to Syracuse this summer, I think the chances of him joining the 2016 recruiting class are very good.

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Justin is a 2011 graduate from SUNY Buffalo State. Since that time, he spent several years coaching high school football in North Carolina while also working at NC State, and has also served as a head and assistant tennis coach at the Division III and Division I levels. During this tenure coaching high school football, he sent players to continue their football career at Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Purdue, North Carolina State, East Carolina, and other Division II and III schools.