Delran (NJ) Delran safety R.J. Moten committed to Michigan on Saturday morning. I saved myself some time – and gave you some extra info – in my scouting report on him, which I posted this morning (LINK).
Moten has long been considered a Michigan lean, and he scheduled his commitment for when he was going to be in town for the BBQ at the Big House (LINK).
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If you read the scouting report, there’s not much more for me to do that project him into Michigan’s defense and then give him a rating.
I see Moten as an outside linebacker/safety hybrid who would fit nicely in the Viper role. However, he would need to tap into his offensive aggression in order to play that Viper role, something that we have yet to really see him do. It’s certainly possible, because he’s a physical runner, but I think he needs to boost his confidence on the defensive side of the ball. Michigan has a couple Vipers scheduled to graduate after 2019 (Khaleke Hudson, Jordan Glasgow), so the job will be open when Moten arrives in 2020. It largely depends on which other options develop a foothold on the role (Brad Hawkins, J’Marick Woods, Quinten Johnson, Joey Velazquez, Daxton Hill, Michael Barrett, etc.).
My player comparison for Moten is former Michigan (and Oklahoma State) linebacker Josh Furman.
I should also say that Moten is a very good baseball player; he plans to play both sports at Michigan, but Major League Baseball could come calling and wipe out his football career.
Moten would be the first Michigan football player from Delran High School since wide receiver John Ellison (1988-1991), who had 5 catches for 40 yards in his career.
TTB Rating: 68
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