Coachspeak: What is UGA getting in 4-star commit Elijah Moore?

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. Today’s topic is an in-depth look at 4-star WR Elijah Moore. Moore committed to UGA last week and well…that was a busy week. 

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Elijah Moore committed to Georgia last Tuesday. He was the program’s second highest-rated commitment of 2018 for about 43 hours.

Moore kind of (ahem) got eclipsed by the other big news cycles for UGA recruiting last week. That’s the pending announcements of 4-star DE Azeez Ojulari and 4-star WR Kearis Jackson to UGA, too.

But what exactly are the Bulldogs getting in Moore?

Why all the fuss about a receiver prospect who finished his junior year with just 9 catches for 42 yards in just seven games of action?

He’s rated as a 3-star receiver and the nation’s No. 50 prospect by 247Sports but the combined 247SportsComposite has him as a 4-star recruit and as the nation’s No. 38 prospect at that spot.

Look for Moore to have a big senior year and goose all those ratings by December.

Why? St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott explains that best.

“He is an extremely explosive and dynamic player,” Harriott said. “He is gifted with superior athleticism.”

What immediately jumps out regarding his skill set?

“He does a great job of getting open and also utilizing his ball skills,” Harriott said.

Harriott and his staff have never clocked Moore in the 40. But Harriott did say that the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder did clock several 10.7s in the 100 meters.

Elijah Moore had to wait his turn 

Moore is a member of a powerhouse program at St. Thomas Aquinas. The Raiders are ranked by Maxpreps.com as the nation’s No. 15 team heading into the 2017 season.

They also won the Class 7A state championship in Florida in 2016 with a senior-heavy rotation at receiver. The Raiders had a lot of guys that had waited until their season year for their meaningful reps.

Moore saw a quartet of senior receivers ahead of him on the depth chart all catch at least 30 passes in 2016. He had also just transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas after his sophomore season.

“We’re extremely favorable to our seniors and we have a tremendous amount of athletes in our program,” Harriott said. “Our environment is extremely competitive. Elijah did a great job of getting acclimated early. However, it takes some times to get adjusted to the holistic requirements at St. Thomas. St. Thomas is a spiritually-oriented program and the expectations from an academic level are high and then you must be very competitive on the athletic field as well.”

“I think it was just a lot for him to digest at St. Thomas early on and it takes time here to gain your footing. We also had a number of seniors we wanted to showcase and help them to establish their intercollegiate resumes last season. That’s really our focus is to help all those other guys and get them off to college.”

He appreciated the way Moore handled that last season.

“Elijah is a very selfless individual,” Harriott said. “He played his role and waited his turn. When he was called on to contribute, he did it to the best of his ability and never really complained about his playing time. He just waited his turn and had an exceptional off-season. He has established himself as a leader and is now one of the captains of our team.”

The fact that Moore has the agility and acceleration displayed below and then had to wait his turn should say a lot about the number of athletes at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Did you see this on DawgNation yesterday?

DawgNation published its first Top 30 rankings of the top players in the state of Georgia yesterday . It is a good example of no two opinions are alike about these prospects.

Everybody has one. These were culled over 2-plus years of watching the state’s best for 2018 compete and perform on Friday nights plus all the requisite camps and all-star events.

The Top 3 prospects weren’t that hard to figure out. But the order of those three didn’t come easy. There was a lot of shuffling and reshuffling there.

Doing that list the right way also requires ranking more than just the Top 30. That list will be re-rated monthly based on how well the Peach State’s perform along their senior seasons.

As a bonus, we’ll present the players rated from No. 31 to No. 35 here.

  • 35. 3-star DT Jaquon Griffin (6-0, 265) Rome — Committed to LSU
  • 34. 4-star CB Christian Tutt (5-10.5, 190) Thomson — Undecided
  • 33 4-star RB Dameon Pierce (5-11, 205) Bainbridge — Committed to Florida
  • 32. 3-star DB Taiyon Palmer (6-0, 175) Archer — Committed to Duke
  • 31. 4-star LB Michael Harris (6-3, 210) Tucker — Committed to Auburn

Are you all caught up on your Intel? Miss a day? Well, the DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to Mecole Hardman speed before your tailgate crew can worry anymore about all the freshman offensive linemen who will have to play this fall.

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