FSU football: Elijah Moore receives massive ranking boost

Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans at FSU's first spring practice of 2019.Img 0781
Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans at FSU's first spring practice of 2019.Img 0781 /

FSU football has the No. 5 ranked recruiting class for the 2024 recruiting cycle. The Noles added a double-digit amount of commits last month, added by a ton of blue-chip players. One of those players was wide receiver Elijah Moore.

The Maryland product is one of the few 2024 commits outside of Georgia and Florida, but with good reason. Moore lists at 6’4.5″ and 200 pounds and ranked as the No. 431 player and No. 63 wide receiver nationally. However, looking at his highlight videos, many FSU fans thought he was underrated.

That sentiment got better confirmation when Moore showed up at FSU’s camp and showed out a few weeks ago. He moves incredibly fluid for a guy his size and has a catch radius out of this world, with incredibly strong hands. It looks like some of the recruiting sites saw some of the footage and included him in their ranking updates.

Moore received a massive rankings boost, going from the No. 431 player to the No. 188 player nationally. He went from the No. 63 wide receiver to the No. 30 wide receiver. Ironically, there was another big-bodied wide receiver trending towards FSU near the same time as Moore seemingly came out of nowhere.

That blue-chip wide receiver, James Madison, ultimately committed to Missouri, but his ranking decreased over the last two months. He’s now the No. 397 player and No. 61 wide receiver. Madison is still a solid player, but I listed the difference to illustrate the upside many felt Moore had when he committed.

He’s a great contrast to the smaller/speedier wide receiver commits FSU has in its class.

Moore is a great example of FSU coaches evaluating a player’s skillset and not solely looking at where a player ranks before offering. It looks like the recruiting sites finally caught up toe their evaluations.

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