September 9, 2009

Ask Jamie: Coming after Moore

Jamie Newberg is a football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. He tackles your questions in his weekly mailbag feature.
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Aug 20: Can Mullen recruit at MSU?

Tyler Moore will be one of the most sought-after offensive tackle prospects in the Class of 2011. Could he land in Lincoln? Will the stunning one-point loss to BYU hurt Oklahoma's recruiting? Just how good is South Carolina's offensive line class? How good is Max Bullough? What position will Marquis Flowers play at the next level?

These questions are discussed this week's mailbag.

Jamie's Mailbag
Looking ahead

Please tell me Nebraska will land Tyler Moore next season?

-- Jay from Omaha, Neb.
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While it may be a tad too soon to start projecting commitments for the Class of 2011, I think there's a real good possibility that Moore does land in Lincoln.

Moore, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle prospect from Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla., currently favors Nebraska, Florida and Ohio State (all three have offered). He should be able to name his school by the time it's all said and done.

So how is coach Bo Pelini and Nebraska so entrenched with Moore? Let's just say that Cornhuskers football is in Moore's blood.

His father, Brian, played for Tom Osborne in the mid-1980s, and his cousin Jay Moore recently played in Lincoln and is now with the San Francisco 49ers. You may also have heard of his uncle Vince Ferragamo, who was an All-American signal-caller at Nebraska in the mid-1970 and later took the Rams to the Super Bowl. Other family members have gone to school in Lincoln as well.

It's easy to see why Nebraska will be the likely team to beat for one of the top tackle prospects in next year's recruiting class. Moore is every bit as good as advertised. I recently went to one of his practices to watch him and a few of his teammates. He has great size as well as the long body and frame you look for in tackles. Moore has very good feet and seems like a mauler in run-blocking. He slides well in pass protection and has the makings to be your prototypical offensive tackle. I do plan on going to one of his high school games in the next month.

Sure it's early, but you have to like the Cornhuskers' chances here. I recently spoke with Moore and he gushed about Nebraska. He camped there as a sophomore, loves the offensive line coach (Barney Cotton) and has always been a big fan of the Big Red. On top of that, Moore loves the direction of the program under Pelini.

Moore plans on seeing some games this fall in Gainesville, and he would love a chance to get to Columbus and Lincoln. Moore said he would like to make his decision in October or November this fall.

Hurt by one loss?

How do you foresee Oklahoma's loss to BYU in terms of recruiting? It sounds like this was a great opportunity for them to attract Dallas/Fort Worth recruits to close out the 2010 class, as well as to get a head start on 2011 and 2012.

-- Jonathan from Norman, Okla.
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Oh man, Jonathan, I think that one-point loss to the Cougars on Saturday will be devastating to Sooners recruiting. Just kidding. Seriously, I think nothing bad will happen because of the BYU loss. Coach Bob Stoops runs one of the best programs in college football, and a single one-point loss - in which they lost their Heisman-winning quarterback - is not going to have any kind of effect on what the Sooners do in terms of recruiting. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. Now, if this happened a few more times this season, then we can open this subject back up.

One of the keys to the success of their recruiting is their ability to recruit the state of Texas, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area is a place they hit hard. They currently have six commitments from Dallas/Fort Worth - safeties Quentin Hayes and Eddrick Loften, defensive end Chuka Ndulue, athlete Joe Powell, offensive guard Adam Shead and center Austin Woods - and the Sooners would love to close out with two more in athlete Jatashun Beachum and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat.

So having the BYU game in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, despite the outcome, was great exposure for Oklahoma.

Loading up on the OL

What do you think of South Carolina's offensive line class so far?

-- Jim from Gainesville, Ga.
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I like what the Gamecocks have done across the offensive front, and I believe it's one of the better o-line classes in the nation. So far they have seven offensive line commitments and have gotten a little bit of everything.

South Carolina has landed two very good players in the middle in A.J. Cann and Tramell Williams. Both are projected at center, but they also have the versatility to play guard. With both being combination players, that just enhances their value in my eyes.

Speaking of guards, Eric Mack is one of the top prospects in the nation and he's headed to Columbia. Mack is big and powerful. He plays tackle in high school but should slide inside for the Gamecocks. An underrated player from the state of Florida is Ronald Patrick, and he's committed to Steve Spurrier as well.

As far as the offensive tackle position is concerned, South Carolina should get help from the trio of Cody Gibson, Corey Robinson and Elliot Williams. Gibson will likely need a redshirt year to beef up, while Williams is headed to South Carolina via Georgia Military. He's somewhat raw, but he has a ton of upside and athleticism. This is a need area that looks solidified with what is headed to the Gamecocks.

One of the best 'backers

What's your overall assessment of linebacker Max Bullough? He's committed to Michigan State, and I think he's one of the best players in the nation. What do you think?

-- Brad from Chicago
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Well, I think he's one of the top linebackers in the nation and he's rated accordingly. Bullough, from Traverse City, Mich., is a four-star recruit and the No. 4-rated middle linebacker in the country. He has good size (6-3/225) and speed, and I like the way he gets off blocks and finds the football. Bullough is physical, has good fundamentals and plays downhill. He shows good instincts and just makes plays defensively all over the field.

Flowers' future

What position do you see Marquis Flowers playing at the next level? What school does he sign with?

-- Todd from Scottsdale, Ariz.
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I love this prospect. Flowers is one of my personal favorites among the defensive prospects in the Class of 2010.

Flowers is from Goodyear, Ariz., and he is a Rivals100 athlete (No. 88 overall) and the top prospect from Arizona this season. He plays safety and running back for his high school team. Defensively, I love the way he tracks the ball as he shows terrific closing speed. Flowers has good size (6-3/195), speed and is very physical. He's also a powerful running back prospect who doesn't mess around; he's strictly a north-south runner. In college I see him as a strong safety or outside linebacker.

What college will he sign with? That's difficult to say at this point. Flowers said he's concentrating on his senior season and still wants to trim his schools list to a top 10. In the meantime, Flowers recently told Rivals.com that he wants to visit Notre Dame and Michigan. He doesn't want to waste "official" visits on teams that he can drive to see. Virtually everyone on the West Coast has offered Flowers.

Jamie Newberg is a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. Click here to send him a question or comment for his mailbag.




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