FSU football: Freshman WR Elijah Moore wants major role in 2024

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FSU football coaches released some newcomers to the media for the first time on Wednesday. FSU added several players from the high school ranks and transfer portal this summer. One of the most anticipated arrivals was freshman wide receiver Elijah Moore. The four-star receiver from Maryland was impressive behind the podium and clearly wants to make an impact as a freshman. Historically, it's difficult for freshmen to become impact players, especially if they are not early enrollees. Moore was specific in how he thought he could contribute after watching the success of large receivers like Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman last season. Moore lists at 6'4" and 207 pounds, gaining 10 pounds since arriving in Tallahassee this summer. He spoke about the desire for the seasoned cornerbacks like AZ Thomas and others to push him to improve.

The plan for him is to continue adding weight and getting his playing weight around 215 pounds while maintaining his speed and ability to get in-out of his breaks. That weight increase is likely more water weight than anything, but I like Moore's attitude. I suspect it'll take him a bit to get acclimated to the playbook, so I'd anticipate he could become more of an option as the season progresses. The good news is we saw Destyn Hill get to FSU after two years away from the game and get on the field early last season without enrolling early. Hykeem Williams was an early enrollee, but his spring consisted mainly of getting in shape, and we saw him progress nicely as the season went on before he got injured. Moore's body control stands out in his film, and he should be able to contribute in the red zone, if nothing else. His attitude and work ethic make him a guy to keep an eye on.

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