Derek Moore, a linebacker from Crenshaw High School (Calif.), has officially signed his national letter of intent. The Southern California native brings depth to what will be a very young linebacker corps.
Ranked as a three-star composite recruit by 24/7 Sports, Moore committed to Washington State back in August of 2015. Moore's primary recruiter was Roy Manning, whose energy has led to several commitments from Los Angeles area prospects. Nevada, UNLV, and Utah offered scholarships to Moore, but he remained loyal to Manning and the Cougs.
Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 211 pounds, Moore will probably redshirt in 2016 to gain some more weight. In the meantime, he is the type of player who has the intangibles to make a name for himself during Thursday Night Football. As his tape shows, he played some defensive end in high school as well, but it's safe to assume at 211 pounds, WSU will take a look at him at linebacker. With Washington State reloading at linebacker (graduating three starters), Moore has an opportunity to impress the coaching staff throughout the season with his play in practice and could be a very highly regarded prospect heading into 2017.
Brian Anderson's quick scouting report
Moore is a really exciting hybrid rush end prospect. He doesn't have the fastest straightaway speed, but he's very quick off the line with an explosive speed and bull rush. He hand fights really good too, sheds blockers well. Moore isn't quite big enough to contend right away, but with another 15-20 pounds he could really start to look like Ivan McLennan.
Rivals - ★★
Scout - ★★★
24/7 - ★★★
ESPN - ★★
Composite - ★★★
Position - Linebacker
Hometown - Los Angeles, Calif.
Height - 6-foot-2
Weight - 211 pounds