April 2, 2012

Moore fits TCU mold

In Texas high school football, it's not often that a Class 3A school has Division I recruits in back-to-back seasons.

But that's what is happening in the small East Texas town of Van.

Linebacker Dalton Santos, a 2012 grad, recently signed with Texas and now defensive tackle Sydrick Moore is being recruited by Arkansas, California, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Washington State.

Van offensive coordinator Zac Bryant, who handles recruiting for the Vandals, along with head coach Jared Moffatt said the coaching staff feels fortunate to such have high-caliber players in back-to-back years. Moore said Santos is one of his best friends and they talk about the recruiting process and how it plays out.

"It all takes time," Moore said. "I just got to sit down and pray about it. It's a process."

Moore said he does not have a favorite at this point in his recruitment and that he is in no hurry to commit anywhere. He heard from TCU in February and said when TCU comes calling again he would look into playing for the Horned Frogs.

"I want to go somewhere I feel comfortable - where I fit in with coaching and where I can get a chance to play," Moore said.

He could fit in well at TCU, said Bryant, because Van also runs a 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

"All I know is this that the defensive linemen (TCU has) had in the past are in most cases extremely athletic. Syd fits that mold very well," Bryant said. "They can all run. They can all move and make plays outside of the tackle box as well as being able to hold their gaps."

Bryant said the 6-foot-2, 265 pound Moore has a degree of athleticism that not many players that big possess.

"He's got a natural ability for creating leverage and wining blocks and beating blocks," Bryant said. "He really enjoys the game, he plays and chases, and as a defensive tackle he makes plays down field in the passing game."

That ability is evidenced in Moore's 2011 numbers, when he recorded 96 tackles, an impressive 38 of them for a loss, to go along with eight sacks.

As far as what Moore needs to improve on, Bryant said the coaching staff would like to see if Moore would take control of the defense.

"You lose a guy like Dalton, (Moore's) leadership is going to be important."


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