Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) | 6-foot, 164 pounds
Committed: Feb. 6, 2013
ESPN.com grade: 80
ESPN.com rankings: No. 29 cornerback, No. 60 in West region, No. 46 in California
Picked OU over: Oregon State, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, UCLA and others
State of the position: OU is in need of talented young players at the position. All-Big 12 cornerback Aaron Colvin returns for his senior season, but the rest of the cornerbacks are relatively inexperienced. You can never have too many cover cornerbacks in the Big 12 and the more competition the better for the Sooners secondary.
Pros: “He is a tough customer capable of making game-changing plays all over the field. Moore has the athleticism and toughness needed to earn early playing time at the BCS level of play.” - ESPN Scouting Report
Cons: “He is a tough, punishing tackler who looks for the big hit with a roll tackling approach, but needs a focus on keeping a consistent effort to wrap and finish.” - ESPN Scouting Report
Similar to/potential role: Aaron Colvin. If Moore adds some bulk, he’ll have the ability to play cornerback or safety although, much like Colvin, cornerback could end up being his best position.
Expected impact: 2013. The Sooners need help in the secondary and Moore can provide it. Mike Stoops likes man-to-man coverage and Moore appears ready to step right in and hold up in man coverage as a true freshman. At the very least Moore should be able to make an impact on special teams. He should play as a true freshman because, even though he's listed at 164 pounds, he's not afraid to play aggressive and physical, which is what you look for at the cornerback position and on special teams units.