Obviously, there’s been some disappointment surrounding the de-commitment of Robert Washington in Syracuse University football circles. But as it turns out, while the Orange parted ways with that particular 4-star talent, another 4-star prospect has emerged: Kentrail Moran. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound Illinois native is committed to his home-state Illini, but will be making an official visit to Syracuse this winter.
Scout.com’s Mike McAllister has been all over Moran’s recruitment for awhile, and broke the news about an official visit coming in January – or possibly earlier, if things can be worked out. Before committing to Illinois, Moran also had offers from Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Louisville, and is still open to taking further visits.
But let’s get to the fun stuff: what kind of player would Syracuse be getting if they can flip Moran from one shade of orange to, well, a better shade of orange?
Well, he piled up 1,387 yards in nine games, according to MaxPreps, averaging 5.9 yards-per-carry with 13 touchdowns. In his final high school game, he rushed for 226 yards in a victory. Moran would offer a different dynamic in the backfield from what the Orange are currently stockpiling with current and incoming freshmen.
While guys like Ervin Philips, Jordan Fredericks, Dontae Strickland, and Tyrone Perkins (as well as Moe Neal and Darius Stubbs) are more east/west runners who rely on agility and lateral quickness to go along with breakaway speed, Moran is very much a one cut and go type of runner. He’s a guy who is going to run north/south and fight for extra yards, rather than trying to dance his way out of a tackle. If you want a runner who is going to deliver a hit on a would-be tackler, Kentrail Moran is your guy.
He’d offer a nice counter punch to the current stable of ballcarriers, and while he’s a typical power back in terms of his size (though there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t get up over 200 pounds by the time he enters college) he’d be a great addition as the thunder to, say, Moe Neal’s lightning. But hey, check him out in his senior highlights above and decide for yourself.