Michigan Football: Is 2013 OL/ATH Connor Moore the Next David Molk?

Michael BieleckiContributor IIIMay 13, 2011

2013 OL/ATH Connor Moore showing a wide base in pass protection
2013 OL/ATH Connor Moore showing a wide base in pass protection

At 6'2", 255 pounds, Connor Moore of Vero Beach High School (FL) runs a 4.85 40, broad jumps 9'0" and projects as an interior offensive lineman, a defensive end or linebacker at the next level. He's already drawn comparisons to Michigan's David Molk from recruiting services for his technique and the way he finishes off blocks.

This year’s reigning Junior Rank Camp (Tempe) MVP, Moore will attend Notre Dame's Lineman Showcase Camp this summer, where he'll square off against some of the best linemen in the country.  Notre Dame is one of many stops on Moore's schedule this summer, as he will also camp at Miami, Northwestern, Rutgers, UNC, Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Larry Zierlein thought so much of Moore's blocking technique that he recently used video of Moore's footwork at Football University Camp in Orlando as an example for his campers to follow.

Moore comes from a Vero Beach program that has sent one of its offensive linemen to Division I schools in each of the past three years.  Starting Florida State RG Bryan Stork, starting Western Michigan DT Travonte Boles and Tennessee (early enrollee) OG Marcus Jackson were All-State selections for the Fighting Indians before they went off to college.

The rising junior has four generations of Fighting Irish in his family. His great-grandfather, grandfather, father and brother all attended—or currently attend—Notre Dame. Furthermore, his father's two brothers are both Notre Dame graduates.

Normally this would qualify him as a mortal lock to go to Notre Dame, but this young man also bleeds blue—both of his grandmothers are University of Michigan graduates.

"If both schools offered me football scholarships, I would think long and hard about which school I would choose," said Moore.  "Playing football at Notre Dame has been my dream since I was nine years old, but I would have no problem playing for the Wolverines."

"I think my family would accept it if I went to Michigan over Notre Dame," said Moore. "My dad would be perplexed at first, and I would have a long interview process through him.  He told me long ago that he would make me think about it if I turned down a Notre Dame offer."

Moore carries a 4.1 GPA and a 1250 SAT (1740 combined score). Will the Fighting Irish push as hard to get Moore as they did their starting strong safety, Vero Beach High School's Zeke Motta, a few years back? They better hurry, because he's already heard from multiple Ivy League and Big Ten schools.  Is a Michigan offer in the mix?

Offer him while he's still available.