Clayton (OH) Northmont safety Rod Moore committed to Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, and Notre Dame, among others.
Moore is listed at 5’11” and 180 lbs. As a junior in 2019, he made 85 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 interceptions.
ESPN: 3-star, 78 grade, #28 S
Rivals: 3-star S, 5.7 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 89 grade, #21 S
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Moore wasn’t really on my radar until he was scheduled to visit Michigan and was offered by the Wolverines in March. That visit never actually happened because of COVID-19, but it was clear something was brewing with him and teammate Markus Allen, who also committed to the Wolverines recently. Despite never visiting campus, when he announced that he would be committing on Sunday, the choice was pretty obvious.
Moore has cornerback size and a safety mentality. He has good coverage ability with fluid hips and good change-of-direction skills. When the ball is in the air, he tracks it nicely, takes good angles, and finds a way to get his hands on the ball, high-pointing it when necessary. He played part of last season with an injured arm, so he wasn’t even at 100% and still did some really good things. Moore is a willing tackler despite being a little undersized.
That size can be a limiting factor, and it will probably push Moore to the back end of Michigan’s defense unless he can man the nickel position. He will need to be more disciplined in coverage at the next level, because he occasionally finds himself getting beaten deep but has the instincts and speed to make up for it in high school. I would like to see him wrap up better, but for now, I’m attributing that to the injury and giving him a free pass since that shows toughness even to play.
Overall, I like Moore with the caveat that I don’t think he’s a difference maker to get Michigan over the top. He has better ball skills than some guys we’ve seen play at Michigan in recent years; he’s probably not a guy who can rotate down into the box like some others. There is versatility there, but more of a safety/nickel versatility than some of the safety/linebacker versatility we’ve seen. I could even potentially see Michigan giving him a shot at corner. This is half a step in the right direction.
Michigan now has 13 commits in the 2021 class, and Moore is the second defensive back, following Ja’Den McBurrows. Teammate Markus Allen preceded him in committing to the Wolverines, and both will join redshirt freshman Gabe Newburg.
TTB Rating: I’m not assigning ratings until I finish the 2020 class.
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