Four-star defensive end Cyrus Moss has narrowed his list to five schools and there are definitely some surprises on the list.
Actually, there were some surprises left off the list.
USC and Oklahoma were two programs that were not only heavily recruiting the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout but two that Moss talked highly about throughout his recruitment.
But neither made his list. Still, Moss’ recruitment is coming into more shape as Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Oregon made the cut.
In today’s Ranking The Contenders, we take a closer look at Moss’ five favorites and put them in order of likelihood where he will commit.
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The top of the board for Moss is not completely clear, especially with USC and Oklahoma not included, so a surprise could be in store, but Oregon is going to be a major player in his recruitment until the end.
The Ducks’ coaching staff has been aggressively going after Moss, and his versatility as both a defensive end and linebacker could be really beneficial in Oregon’s defensive scheme. There is also some feeling that Kayvon Thibodeaux’s development has caught Moss’ attention, so Oregon as a big-time Pac-12 contender could have a slight edge at the top.
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2. NOTRE DAME
Moss fits the mold of many Notre Dame players, plus counting out defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman and defensive line coach Mike Elston is usually foolish. There does not seem to be supreme confidence that the Irish can close this one, but Notre Dame is definitely high on the list. His position versatility could be really appealing and a visit to South Bend could propel the Irish to the top.
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This is one where a visit to Clemson could move the Tigers right to the top, although there is some skepticism whether the four-star is going to end up that far away from home. Time will tell, but Clemson is definitely in the running and Moss said recently the Tigers and the Irish had been particularly aggressive in setting up official visits with him.
When Clemson offered in January, Moss was actually happy the coaching staff waited so long to offer and appreciated that they did their due diligence instead of just firing another offer his way. More than any program, a visit could move the Tigers higher on the list.
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4. ARIZONA STATE
Comparing Moss to Anthony Barr makes a lot of sense, and if you believe that one then the Sun Devils could be interesting because ASU defensive line coach Robert Rodriguez came from the Minnesota Vikings, where Barr plays.
There is a feeling that Arizona State has a legitimate shot at Moss if it can completely blow him away when he gets to campus, but also that beating the others could be a challenge as well.
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The Gators like Moss a lot, and with his position versatility he could be a really interesting fit in Gainesville. But Florida cannot get too excited yet, since Moss has not been to its campus. That is expected to change in the coming months once the four-star defensive end takes all his official visits and he gets to spend some time at Florida.
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