Commitment number three is on board for the class of 2021 as Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw got the pledge from three-star safety prospect Josh Moore on Tuesday. Moore is from Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia and selected the Cardinal over a rumored 36 other schools that offered him a scholarship.
That’s a ton of schools to beat out for his final services, and comes after Moore listed a top-six list earlier this month that also included Northwestern, Boston College, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Duke. He’s headed to the west coast despite Stanford being his only west coast team in his top six, and is a big get for Shaw and Co.
Moore ranked out as the consensus 40th-best safety prospect in his class and the 47th-best player from the state of Georgia. At 6’2, 195 pounds, he’s already got Power-5 size and can bring the hit stick with ease.
He can also cover very well and has incredible length in his plays across the field.
It’s also interesting to note that Stanford must have been high on his list all along because he committed to the Cardinal just seven days after receiving an offer. In fact, the Stanford offer was his most recent scholarship offer, coming on May 12, forcing him to act quickly apparently, as he seems comfortable with his choice (as he should be).
Here’s what the recruiting services have to say about Moore:
247Sports’ Barton Simmons
Safety prospect on the bigger end with long arms and the frame to bulk up further and provide some position flexibility. Plays with burst and range. Shows ball skills down the field. Closes on runners in space in a tackling position. Comfortable as a single-high safety breaking downhill in the intermediate pass game. Quality wide receiver that shows good hands and catch-and-run athleticism. Athletic movements suggest versatility. Speed may limit his ability in man coverage. Power Five impact starter that has some NFL Draft upside that could land a few different positions.
Rivals’ Chad Simmons
Moore is a student-athlete that really puts academics first. He had plenty of Ivy League offers, and he could have played in any of the five Power 5 conferences. He has plenty of options, but Stanford offer was too much for him to pass up. He is will take a great work ethic to Palo Alto, and he is driven to succeed on and off the field. At safety, he has very good ball skills, he has great awareness in the secondary and he has shown very good range. He does not shy away from contact, and with his frame and athleticism, Moore is a player that is likely to compete for playing time very early in his career.
Welcome to Palo Alto, Josh! Happy you’re a Stanford Man!