The foundation of any great offense starts on the offensive line, so the South Carolina Gamecocks have to be thrilled to have landed the services of 4-star prospect T.J. Moore as part of their 2017 recruiting class, per Adam Friedman of Rivals.com.
Moore has all the makings of an impact offensive tackle at the college level. He’s an imposing physical presence at 6’6″ and 280 pounds, with more room to fill out his frame and become even stronger.
The profiles of Moore are also intimidating. A North Carolina native, he’s the sixth-ranked player from his home state, 29th-ranked offensive tackle and 250th-ranked player overall, per 247Sports.
A combination of size and athleticism, Moore has the skill set to play tackle or move inside at guard early in his career before taking on a bigger role.
Per Scout.com, Moore is a player who performs well in running and passing situations, as well as boasting good agility in the trenches:
Moore has prototypical size for an offensive lineman at the collegiate level and can play multiple positions. He’s also very long and athletic. Moore gets off the ball quickly and shows good flexibility. He also has good body control and balance. Moore is an effective run and pass blocker. He needs to continue to get stronger and add weight, but his ceiling is extremely high and if he continues to work hard, Moore will have a chance to play on Sundays.
This highlight package from Skywalker Video shows both the power and mobility Moore currently has and why the ceiling is so high as his career moves to the next level:
New Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp comes from a defensive background, so he understands the need to be physical in the trenches.
South Carolina’s offensive line struggled mightily during the 2015 season and was a disaster from the first game. Per Football Outsiders‘ metrics, the unit finished 68th in adjusted sack rate and 123rd in power success rate.
The Gamecocks brought Muschamp in to turn things around by making them more physical. To succeed in the SEC, you have to be strong on the offensive and defensive lines. Alabama, LSU, Florida and Mississippi are always going to be at the very least good in the trenches.
The Gamecocks play in a brutal conference with so much competition for elite offensive linemen. Moore’s commitment provides the ray of optimism in Columbia, South Carolina, needed as Muschamp continues to build his 2017 recruiting class.
Even though an offensive line works as a unit, with all five pieces moving in unison to create an opening for a running back or giving a quarterback time to find an open player, one dynamic athlete can lift the entire group.
Moore has that capability. He’s not ranked among the elite prospects in next year’s recruiting class, largely due to some physical development needed, but all of his attributes on the field point to a star offensive tackle who will dominate at any level very soon.
Recruiting info per 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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