Elijah Moore, a 4-star receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., picked Georgia over Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Moore has over 30 offers, but narrowed his list to two before the announcement: Georgia and Ole Miss. He’s one of the biggest names in the 2018 recruiting class and here’s what fans need to know about the talented Georgia commitment.
5. A lot has changed for Elijah Moore
In early July, Moore announced a top 3 of Miami, Ohio State and Ole Miss. However, in a recent interview with Scout.com, Moore named Ole Miss and — somewhat surprisingly — Georgia as his finalists.
The Bulldogs have closed strong, going from non-factor to finalist, and with no receiver commitments in the 2018 class, Kirby Smart’s staff has identified Moore as a top target.
On Tuesday night, Smart got his man.
4. Moore is one of the nation’s best
Moore is ranked 189th nationally by the 247 Sports composite rankings, and he’s the 38th-ranked receiver in a particularly loaded year at that position. He’s also the 37th-ranked recruit in the state of Florida, one of the top talent-producing states in the nation. After committing to Georgia, he becomes the Bulldogs’ second-highest rated commitment.
3. Moore impressed at The Opening Finals
Moore participated in Nike’s The Opening Finals in early July in Oregon, and showed off his impressive skills. The Opening Finals included 166 of the nation’s best recruits for both the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes.
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) July 2, 2017
2. Moore is an Under Armour All-American
Moore will participate in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game in January. It’s a marquee event for the nation’s top recruits, and he’ll play alongside Justin Fields (Georgia’s top quarterback target) and Kearis Jackson. He’s now the first Georgia commitment in the game.
1. Georgia was the favorite for Elijah Moore
Despite not being in the picture in early July, Georgia became the favorite for Elijah Moore before his announcement. Georgia needed a wide receiver in this class, and while it is after a few more big fish — 4-stars Kearis Jackson and Josh Vann, for instance — Moore could be the first domino that forces more pieces to fall into place for the Bulldogs.