Florida football recruiting is leaving an impression across the country, making finalist lists for players just about everywhere.
Earlier today, they made the top five schools for a talented wideout coming out of Maryland.
Elijah Moore, from Olney, Maryland, included the Gators on his final list.
Other teams that made it include Maryland, Michigan, FSU, and Ohio State.
If Olney, Maryland sounds familiar, it’s because another Gator target, Aaron Chiles, is also from Olney. Billy Napier and the Gators are looking for a double dip.
If all you do when you see Elijah’s name is look at his ratings across the industry, you aren’t going to love what you see.
He isn’t a top-50 WR on any site, with the highest being 57th on Rivals. Rivals also has him rated the highest out of all Maryland players in the class of 2024 at 10th.
But I highly encourage you to go watch his tape and then make your decision.
At 6’4”, Moore is able to go up and get the ball with ease. He’s always open no matter how tight the defender is to him.
He’s also a great route runner, especially for a player his size, and is able to fake out a corner to create separation. His hands are very reliable, including a spectacular one-handed grab early on in his highlight reel.
The reason for his lower rating is his speed. He doesn’t have the wheels to break away from a defender and just outrun the coverage, but he makes up for that with his ball skills and route running.
Right now, On3 says that Penn State leads for Moore with a 42.7% chance of landing him. But given that the Nittany Lions are not in his top five, that number should go down soon.
Ohio State is the only team actually ahead of Florida on the prediction machine, with a 13.3% shot compared to the Gators’ 11.4%.
If UF can get him on campus for an official visit, they’ll make a pretty good run.
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