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Recruiting on the South Plains | 2013 JUCO RB Rodriguez Moore Commits to Texas Tech

East Mississippi C.C. 2013 JUCO RB Rodriguez Moore Commits to Texas Tech

Ronald Martinez



Rodriguez Moore










East Mississippi C.C. (Scooba, MS)


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November 16, 2012

The best part of East Mississippi C.C. running back Rodriguez Moore committing to Texas Tech is that I had no idea he was going to commit. I don't know how much the recruiting services knew either as this is seeming out of no where for me, but that's just fine. I also find it incredibly interesting that Moore only has one other offer. This is a guy that rushed for over 1,300 yards last year, is averaging 90.2 yards a game this year and only has one additional offer. That just doesn't make any sense for me as to why some players who are very productive don't get any looks.

Maybe this whole recruiting JUCO's is really one of the better ways to go, especially if it is players that produce on a high level and right now, considering this staff's record, I'd think that Moore is going to be able to play. If we look at last year's JUCO class, the only guy that gets an absolute F is Lee Adams, who ended up quitting the team. Rashad Fortenberry has an incomplete and maybe they are redshirting him, adding some weight and hoping he can be part of the rotation next year. Austin Stewart hasn't seen the field really much at all and I don't think he's a long-term answer as he may have trouble keeping up with his grades (I think). But Javon Bell, Sadale Foster, Bruce Jones and Will Smith play heavy snaps. Olaoluwa Falemi and late addition Brandon Bagley both play believe it or not and have a handful of tackles each. Right now, Chris Payne is on the travel roster and I think he gets some special team snaps. Overall, that's not a bad group, especially if they get better.

With the addition of Moore, that's six JUCO commits and I could envision four or five more JUCO commits by the time it is all said and done.


Pretty good statistics I think. Over 1,300 yards and 7 touchdowns last year rushing, with 44 catches and 469 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving last year as a freshman. Then, Moore hasn't had quite a good of year, but this year he's rushed for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns while catching 25 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns in 10 games (he had 13 games last year). That's a back that is averaging 90 yards a game rushing and 22 receving at a pretty high level junior college.

The Player Speaks

Nothing huge, Wreck Em 247 Sports' Landon Wright spoke with Moore, who said he had a great time. His current head coach said that he's a versatile back, can run with some power and finesse. I think the film, linked below, proves that out as well.

Prior to the season, Moore was very well thought of and considered to be an integreal part of his team. Last year, EMCC won the JUCO state championship, 75-71. That's not a misprint. Last year, the offense had the benefit of QB Bo Wallace, who ended up at Ole Miss, who set all sorts of passing records.

Scouting Report

There's some pretty good film via Scout and that's the only film that I could find. Moore does look powerful and I wouldn't classify him as a smallish back. He's got plenty of size to run with power and he's got some speed to burn. He hits the hole with authority and there are plenty of times where he squirts through the line of scrimmage untouched. He actually gets to the corner very well and can turn it up field. I always find it amazing when players can get up the short side of the field and make something out of nothing.

Rodriguez, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!