The recruiting surge continues for the Maryland Terrapins, as Randy Edsall’s team just picked up their third 2014 commitment in two days Tuesday evening when offensive lineman Brendan Moore picked the Old Line State, as first reported by TerrapinTimes.com
Moore, a three-star O-lineman out of Austin, Texas had previously received offers from Boise State, Wake Forest, Houston, and Missouri among others in spite of his rating. His listed measurements are 6’4, 265-pounds — as a junior. Moore plays his high school football for the Round Rock Westwood Warriors.
The offensive lineman earned First Team All-District honors last year for the Warriors as an O-tackle. The Warriors won the Region Two Bidistric and Area games before losing to Allen in the Regionals of the 2012 5A State Championship, completing a 9-4 season.
Bringing in Moore gives Maryland their first recruit from the Lone Star State since 2002, when Jo Jo Walker was brought in as a cornerback. Brian Stewart, the Terps defensive coordinator, manned the charge in acquiring his talents. The Terrapins now have eight total commitments with Moore in the fold, and he joins Jared Cohen of McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) as the other offensive lineman in the class.
Bringing in anyone from Texas is not something the Terrapins should consistently rely on; it’s the exception, not the rule. Still, the diversity of this class in terms of where they hail from is startling given recent years. Consider that in 2013, of the 22 commitments Maryland had, only seven players did not reside in D.C. or Maryland. As it stands now, Maryland already has five and it isn’t even July.
But that’s not a bad thing. Texas plays 5A, high-caliber football, and is on par with Florida and California as two of the states with more talent than they know what to do with. Maybe Maryland is making some gains in the state, and maybe they aren’t; at face value this is a very strong landing. Edsall has brought in yet another big guy who should be more than capable of bolstering the offensive line.
Talent brings talent, and if this kid is a 5A All-District player in the state of Texas, you can bet your bottom dollar that he has some major talent. Having a chance to look over his game film, you can tell he does. He’s a strong kid who played on a team that had a diverse offense, and the fact that Boise State was giving him a good hard look suggests he’s adept at the position For a team that always needs offensive line help, Moore is definitively a solution at the position.
Check out his game film here, and be sure to give Randy Edsall a tip of the hat for this one.