Virginia Tech Announces Signing Of OL Demetri Moore

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Mississippi Delta Community College (Moorehead, MS) offensive tackle Demetri Moore has signed an official grant-in-aid with Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech football announced last night. Moore becomes the eighth mid-year enrollee announced by Tech, joining fellow junior college prospect Jerod Evans (QB) and high school recruits Joshua Jackson (QB), Divine Deablo (WR), Sam Denmark (WR), Eric Kumah (WR), Jimmie Taylor IV (DE) and Khalil Ladler (CB).

The 6’6″, 290-pound Moore, a Huffman High School (Birmingham AL) product who played two seasons at Mississippi Delta, will have two years of eligibility remaining at Virginia Tech. He’ll join an offensive line group that currently projects to have 20 scholarship players next season, although would-be 5th-year seniors Alston Smith and Jack Willenbrock may not return.

SENIORS (4): Augie Conte, Jonathan McLaughlin, Alston Smith, Jack Willenbrock
JUNIORS (5): Kyle Chung, Eric Gallo, Demetri Moore, Parker Osterloh, Wyatt Teller
SOPHOMORES (4): Billy Ray Mitchell, Yosuah Nijman, Colt Pettit, Braxton Pfaff
RED-SHIRT FRESHMEN (3): Austin Clark, D’Andre Plantin, Tyrell Smith
TRUE FRESHMEN (4): Thomas Jarrett Hopple, Zachariah Hoyt, T.J. Jackson, Patrick Kearns

Rivals.com ranks Moore as a 3-star recruit, while 247Sports ranks him as a 2-star. In its ranking of the Top 100 junior college prospects in the nation this preseason, Rivals ranked Moore no. 26.

Moore chose the Hokies after making an official visit to Blacksburg this past weekend. He visited Auburn and Georgia officially as well during the month of November, and he also considered offers from Cincinnati, Mississippi State and South Florida.

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  1. I’m excited. The bigger the pool to choose from, the better chances we have to get 5 good ones on the field. I have not looked at old rosters, but suspect its probably been a few years since we had between 18 to 20 OL on the team.

  2. Wasn’t Smith one of the Seniors honored at the last home game? Seems like that would mean he definitely isn’t coming back?

    1. That’s correct and I mentioned that he and Willenbrock “likely” wouldn’t be back. I don’t expect them back, but with the new coach in place I kept them listed just in case.

  3. Question: When they say a 2/3 star recruit, but 26 JUCO player, is the star ranking the initial rating they had out of HS? If so, then a 2/3 star recruit out of HS would probably be a 4-star out of JUCO right?

    1. No, think he is considered a 2/3 star talent coming out of JUCO. I don’t think you get extra stars just because you are more experienced. That said, he is more experienced and so should come in prepared to fight for immediate playing time unlike a true freshman coming out of high school.

      In this case, I’m more impressed by his offer list. He had offers from two quality SEC teams so that makes me optimistic about his chances of being a quality addition to the team.

      1. Stars are usually an indicator of how quickly a certain player can make an impact immediately in college (at least for HS players); as such I didn’t think a JUCO player gains stars per se, but if they’ve been in JUCO for two years and they come in and make an immediate impact, then that’s essentially like getting a HS senior who’s a 4-star in my book as they are coming in to make an impact from the get-go.

    1. Not sure if we’re thinking the same thing but I was wondering where would he fit in the line next year if he were to start? Assuming Nijman would start otherwise, you’d have a line of McGlothlin, Teller, Gallo, Conte and Nijman. But if he can push the starters and provide quality depth, then he’s golden. We’re going to need those redshirt freshmen and sophomores to start providing quality depth soon.

      1. Having somebody who can push/spell McLaughlin would be a very good thing. He started quickly as a freshman, but he hasn’t improved as much or been as consistent as you’d like to see. It looks like Moore has the mobility to pull and get to the second level too. I’m not sure about the level of competition, but I like his film.

      2. I wouldn’t mind McGlothlin looking over HIS shoulder…I felt like he regressed since his Freshman year…Maybe i’m just expecting too much.

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