Jan 2, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Kansas State Wildcats wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) runs after a catch during the first half of the 2015 Alamo Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
A little more than 12 hours after landing one Crespi HS standout in RB Jalen Starks, UCLA completed a Crespi double on Friday morning, as 3-star DE Marcus Moore committed to the Bruins. As Go Joe Bruin mentioned yesterday at the end of its piece on Starks’s pledge, a quick commitment from Moore was expected once he landed his UCLA offer yesterday and, indeed, he wasted little time in spurning offers from Miami and Washington State in order to become a Bruin.
Moore, much like Starks, has been on UCLA’s radar for a while because of his connection to Bruins defensive line coach Angus McClure, whose son also attends and plays football at Crespi. Coming off a spring that saw his stock rise after some strong camp performances, Moore finally earned his dream offer from UCLA early Thursday morning and waited approximately 24 hours before he took Coach McClure and co. up on their offer to become a Bruin.
At 6’2″, 240, Moore is currently an undersized but athletic defensive lineman with exceptional agility, balance, strength, and a very high motor. He still can add weight on his frame, which he will need to do in order to hold up to the rigors of being a defensive lineman in the Pac-12. As a likely redshirt candidate who will need time to fill out his body, he projects as a speedy pass-rushing defensive end after a couple of years of work in Sal Alosi‘s strength and conditioning program.
Alongside fellow recent commit Osa Odighizuwa (Portland, OR/Douglas), Moore is the second defensive linemen currently committed to UCLA in the class of 2016, which is a fast start at a position of need for the Bruins. And with uncommitted standouts like 4-star DE (and newly crowned #1 CA recruit in the class of 2016) Oluwole Betiku (Gardena, CA/Serra), 4-star NT Boss Tagaloa (Concord, CA/De La Salle), 4-star DE Carlo Kemp (Boulder, CO/Fairview), and 4-star DE Bryson Young (Clovis, CA/Buchanan) all counting UCLA among their leaders at the moment, the Bruins look poised to bring in a star-studded defensive line group in 2016 that should restock the position for the foreseeable future.
Welcome to Westwood, Marcus!