Ask Van (Texas) High School head coach Jared Moffatt about defensive tackle Syd Moore, and the word “athlete” comes up multiple times. At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, Moore does what many his size can’t.
For example, there aren’t many high school defensive tackles on any level -- let alone the Texas Class 3A level -- that can run the 40-yard dash in less than five seconds. Moore has been clocked in 4.82 seconds. Additionally, few defensive tackles double as running backs. Along with accounting for 70 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup on defense, Moore’s also rushed 29 times for 159 yards and four touchdowns as a power back.
“If we ran the Power-I, he’d rush for 2,000 yards this year,” Moffatt said of Moore, who is one of the gems in east Texas recruiting. Moore currently has offers from SMU, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State, but he also has received interest from TCU, Texas Tech and several other programs.
Moore’s quickness and explosiveness off the ball makes him an instant target for scouts. An all-state honorable mention selection last season, Moore finished his junior season with 102 tackles and eight sacks, outstanding numbers for a defensive tackle.
“That’s very hard to do,” Moffatt said, “but part of the reason why he had so many tackles is because he plays so hard. He’s just a great player.”
Moore is the focal point for Van’s defense this year. In 2011, he played alongside one of the state’s most talked-about linebackers in Under Armour All-American Dalton Santos, who’s now a freshman at Texas.
“Dalton’s who everybody wanted,” Moffatt said. “He’s 6-3, 260 pounds, runs like a truck and can bench press my truck. Who wouldn’t want him? I think because Syd’s not 6-3 or 6-4, and because he’s not 290 pounds, he’s not at the top of some people’s charts.
“Truth is, he’s got a great first step off the ball. Couple that with how strong he is, and it makes him really tough to block. Syd’s just an athlete. To put up the numbers he has while being the focal point, it’s been pretty remarkable -- and that’s with him seeing different schemes without Dalton here.”
Moore is a 350-pound bench presser and a 500-plus-pound squatter who began his high school career as a linebacker. Moffatt said he can see him at defensive tackle, defensive end or middle linebacker in college. Texas State is looking at Moore potentially as a defensive end because of his quickness.