We’ve been talking about the Syracuse University football program’s quarterback recruiting board for awhile now, and this week things are really starting to take shape as a much clearer picture is forming for Scott Shafer and the Orange. We can scratch Dwayne Haskins off the list, and while we await the results of Anthony Brown’s trip to Virginia Tech this weekend, another name has been added to the list: David Moore.
Haskins tweeted earlier today that he’ll decide on a school this Friday, with the finalists including Notre Dame, Penn State, Alabama, Florida, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and Maryland, with the Terps considered by many to be the favorite. It was always a pipe dream to land Haskins after his good friend Robert Washington committed to Syracuse, and now that he’s deciding before ever taking a trip to campus we can officially scratch that dream off the list.
As far as Anthony Brown is concerned, first of all Syracuse fans should be hoping that on Friday afternoon, Haskins decides on the Hokies. Virginia Tech came in late for Brown but rocketed up his list, effectively replacing Wake Forest as one of his finalists (particularly after the Demon Deacons got a commit from Jamie Newman) and now the New Jersey gunslinger will be visiting Blacksburg this weekend, with a decision expected shortly after.
With the delay in Brown’s decision – or I should say, perceived delay, since he never actually came out and said he was announcing last week, though the wind seemed to be blowing in that direction – the Orange have reached out to another signal caller who I have to believe is now the alternative option to Brown, should the Madei Williams protege pledge elsewhere. That quarterback is David Moore, a 6-foot-2, 180 pound field general from Georgia who is currently committed to Southern Methodist, but is actually rated by Scout.com one spot ahead of Brown as the 44th best QB prospect in America. Moore has a Syracuse connection as well, as his father played lacrosse for Syracuse in the early 1980s.
Moore, who got an offer from Tim Lester this week, told Scout.com in a premium article (check it out at CuseNation.com if you have a subscription, it’s worth a read) that he’s very interested in Syracuse. The Alpharetta, Georgia QB started his high school career in the Dallas, Texas area before relocating, and also holds offers from Illinois, Colorado State, Houston, Oregon State, and Utah, among others.
You can check out Moore’s highlights from last season in the video above, but it’s easy to see why the Syracuse coaches like his talent. He’s still skinny but has decent size otherwise, and shows good elusiveness and throws the ball on target, with plenty of zip. He looks to have above average arm strength on deep balls, though not quite at the level as a player like Brown or Haskins at this point. That’s not to say he struggles to throw deep – quite the contrary. At this point he just doesn’t seem to have that extra five yards on his deep passes that those other players do. He’s a true dual threat, with a reported time in the 4.5 range. He’s a terrific looking talent with orange in his blood, and would make an outstanding option should Syracuse miss out on Brown.
At this point, Brown is still the top priority at the QB position for Syracuse, and has been all along. We should know within the next week where he’s headed to play his college ball, and if it’s not Syracuse, the Orange appear to be in very good shape to potentially woo Moore away from SMU.