2020 Season Countdown: #88 R.J. Moten

2020 Season Countdown: #88 R.J. Moten


June 9, 2020
R.J. Moten (image via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Name: R.J. Moten
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
200 lbs.
High school:
Delran (NJ) Delran
Position:
Safety
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Moten was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 61 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions, plus 432 total yards and 8 touchdowns on offense.
TTB Rating:
68

Moten is a very interesting prospect and perhaps one of those boom-or-bust guys like Jeffrey Persi. He was a great all-around athlete at Delran, and he was named Athlete of the Decade by the school. He’s a high-level baseball prospect (like Joey Velazquez) and plans to play baseball at Michigan in addition to football (like Joey Velazquez). Whereas Velazquez is almost certain to be a linebacker, though, Moten has the potential to play safety.

Moten seems to me to be a virtual lock to redshirt. He played a lot of offense in high school and didn’t concentrate on defense, but Michigan recruited him strictly for defense. I also happen to think he’s more of a raw prospect on defense. For a defensive coordinator that says “Solve your problems with aggression,” I don’t see Moten display much aggression on defense. He is fairly physical on offense when running the ball, so if he can flip that switch when he’s concentrating on the other side of the ball, then he could be good. If he can’t, other guys are going to move ahead of him. For this year, though, he’s just not ready.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for some senior highlights.

3 comments

  1. Avatar
    Comments: 79
    Joined: 10/3/2015
    UM2013
    Jun 09, 2020 at 12:19 PM

    Nice to see a 3-4* safety down here at 88. It certainly looks like the days of patching together a secondary from warm bodies are gone.

  2. JC
    Comments: 313
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    JC
    Jun 11, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Moten is going to be a good one. I could see him in the 40s next year.

    • Thunder
      Comments: 3845
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jun 11, 2020 at 5:37 PM

      Yeah, I hope I’m wrong. He’s a good athlete. I just don’t know if he has the mentality to be a physical defender.

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