All reviews are just MY OPINION, and need to be taken as such. The coaches know more than me, understand the team’s needs better than I do and most likely differ with my opinions. I am just doing this for fun.
CURRENT RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.5)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.7)
HT: 6′ 4″
POS: Offensive Line
HOMETOWN: Galena Park, Texas
OTHER OFFERS: Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas, Texas State
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 30%
Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Offensive Line
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Robert Sykes
– Huge frame and decent wing span
– Keeps legs driving on contact
– Very athletic for 335 pounds, good feet and runs well
– Swallows up smaller players on contact
– Keeps hands inside, good at driving with hand punch and helmet combo
– Plays snap to whistle
– Great explosion on goal line plays
– Aggressive blocker who doesn’t give up
– Blocks well in space on screens and at the second level
– Gets helmet involved a little too much on pass blocking
– First step is not always decisive or in the right direction, sometimes has false steps
– Needs to work on getting back vertical in pass pro and bringing hips on contact
– Rough technique, uses size a lot
Tyler Moore is a huge specimen and moves extremely well for his size. When watching his Hudl Junior Highlight film, you see him constantly running down the field or pulling and destroying his opponents on contact. Moore moves like a player 50 pounds lighter, but has the power and physical element you want in a larger player. If you look at the 2:06 point of his Junior Highlight Film, he has good enough feet to stay on his block deep into the secondary. He also maintains good position through his films, making sure he maintains contact in front of the defender so that they have to go around him to make a play. This is usually tough for guys his size to do. He drives defenders into the ground and uses his weight and strength to knock opponents off balance. Once a defender is on skates, Moore is going to finish them.
Technically, Moore is a little rough and tends to lean into guys. On pass blocks you can see him getting his head forward and losing his lateral movement a bit. He also doesn’t bring his hips in on blocks. If he can work on his hips and keeping his head back so he can cover defenders with his feet more, he will be a pretty complete lineman. Those are techniques that can be taught and refined over time. What cannot be taught is his aggression and natural athletic ability, which is a huge plus. While I put him lower on my list than Julian Barnett (my next review) in terms of polish and being ready to go for a big interior lineman, I do think he is more athletic and has a great upside.
Watch the goal line stands in this film and when he needs to just blow up the guy in front of him he explodes off the line. If he can work on bringing that explosion to his punches on pass blocks and on every play, he will be a dominant lineman. There is a reason Texas offered, and he is going to be one of those guys that moves up this year if he works hard and continues to improve. You don’t find guys this big that are this mobile all the time so I would definitely make him a priority if you are feeling some of the elite guys are looking elsewhere. If he shows up for his Senior year ready to go and with improved footwork and technique, his recruitment will blow up.
Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Moore come to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 3-year starter at Offensive Center. A redshirt year will go a long way for Tyler so he can spend time with Coach Miller and Coach Cav refining his technique and improving his explosive movements and hips. After that, the sky is the limit for him. I think he would be in line to play a lot as a redshirt freshman, but I can see him making a move as a Redshirt Sophomore as the 2011 class will have moved on.